Governance and Ministry: Rethinking Board Leadership

Governance and Ministry: Rethinking Board Leadership

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Governance and Ministry has proven to be an indispensable guide for leaders and clergy on how to work together to lead congregations. In this second edition, veteran congregational consultant and minister Dan Hotchkiss updates the book to reflect today’s church and synagogue landscape and shares practical insights based on his work with readers of the first edition.

Governance and Ministry highlights the importance of reaching the right governance model for a congregation to fulfill its mission—to achieve both the outward results and the inward quality of life to which it is called. Hotchkiss draws on governance research from business, non-profits, and churches, as well as deep experience in a variety of denominations and congregations to help readers determine the governance model that best fits their needs. The second edition has been streamlined and reorganized to better help readers think through leadership models and the process of change. The book features new material on the implications of congregation size, the process of governance change, policy choices, and the lay-clergy relationship. It also features two appendices with resources often requested by Hotchkiss’s consulting clients: a style guide for policy-makers and a unified example of a board policy book.

Written with energy and humor, and offering plenty of practical examples, the second edition of this helpful resource is ideal for anyone involved in church leadership to assist in framing critical questions, creating a vision, and implementing a plan.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781566997386
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 01/20/2016
Edition description: Second Edition
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Dan Hotchkiss writes, consults, and speaks widely for congregations and other nonprofits. His specialties include board governance, strategic and financial planning, clergy transition, and fundraising. As a senior consultant for the Alban Institute for fourteen years, and now as an independent consultant, Dan has directly helped hundreds of congregations and related organizations in more than thirty denominational groups. Through his coaching, teaching, and writing, Dan touches the lives of an even wider range of leaders. He is also the author of Ministry and Money: A Guide for Clergy and Their Friends. His website is

Table of Contents

Foreword by Anthony B. Robinson
Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the First Edition

1. Organized Religion
2. Governance and Ministry in Interesting Times
3. How Congregations Organize
4. Map for Thinking about Congregations
5. The Job of the Board
6. Productive Board Meetings
7. Size Makes a Difference
8. Life after Governance Change
9. Exploring Governance Change
10. Policy Choices
11. Lay and Clergy Partnership

Appendix A. Writing Tips for Policy Wonks
Appendix B. Board Policies for Bourne Street Church

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