Signs of healthy and unhealthy boards
1. Are you ever frustrated by the pace of decision-making?
2. Is it necessary to get the approval of more than one group
in order to get something done?
3. Do you find your board revisiting issues that you thought
you had settled already?
4. Is there confusion or conflict over what place the congregation,
staff team or board plays in leadership or decision-making?
5. Does your board have a clear job description and understand
6. Do you find that you spend more time “managing” day-today
activities than thinking and planning for the future?
7. Could you identify the clear “preferred future” for your
congregation, and is this a shared dream of the board?
8. Do your board and staff members have clear annual ministry
goals and plans?
9. Are you frustrated with the number of decisions that need
to go to the congregation for approval?
10. Is there a high level of unity and relational health among
11. Do your church structure and bylaws hinder rather than
help leaders make timely decisions?
12. Does your board have ample time for prayer and study of
Scripture, and to dream and plan for the future?
13. Does your board have a covenant that spells out its procedural
and relational practices?
14. Has the lack of such a covenant ever caused problems for
15. Do you have a process designed to find the very best leaders
for your senior board?
16. Do you have a process to mentor and train potential leaders
before they become leaders?
17. Do you believe that your church is maximizing its ministry
18. Does your congregation have more than one elected board?
19. Is there tension or confusion between the staff and board
over who is responsible for what?
20. Are you able to attract and retain the best leaders in your
church to serve on your senior leadership board?
How many yes answers do you have? _____. A perfect score
would be a yes for questions 5, 7, 8, 10, 12, 13, 15, 16, 17, 20
How many no answers do you have? _____. A perfect score
would be a no for questions 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 9, 11, 14, 18, 19
Take a moment and find out how each member of your board
answered these questions, and discuss the results together. The
resulting conversation will help you identify issues in your
church leadership paradigm that need to be changed—if you
are going to maximize your congregation’s ministry impact.