- The Board sets mission & vision, makes policy and assures fiduciary responsibility
- The CEO and staff carry out the mission
- The Donors help support the mission with their financial gifts
- The Beneficiaries are the “object” of the non-profit’s mission
In the congregational world, members of the board don’t just govern, they are also donors and beneficiaries and–at times–staff (when they are also serving as part of a ministry such as being a worship associate or being a pastoral visitor). In other words, church governance is a little bit messy.
There is no one-size-fits-all kind of governance for congregations, but there are resources to help UU congregations navigate a governance change. One is the consultants at Unity Consulting, who have adapted John Carver’s Policy Governance® for congregations.
Another is Dan Hotchkiss, former Alban Institute consultant and UUA staff member, and the author of Governance and Ministry: Rethinking Board Leadership. Rev. Hotchkiss has just released a second edition of Governance and Ministry. I had the opportunity to interview him about what he learned since writing the first edition, and about the significant changes compared to the first edition:
-Rev. Renee Ruchotzke, UUA Congregational Life Consultant
Additional resources mentioned in this blog and interview:
Governance and Ministry: Rethinking Board Leadership, Second Edition by Dan Hotchkiss
Mobilizing Congregations: How Teams Can Motivate Members and Get Things Done by John W. Wimberly Jr.
When Moses Meets Aaron: Staffing and Supervision in Large Congregations by Rev. Susan Beaumont and Gil Rendle