President's Message: March 2015
From the President – Converstations on Board Leadership
Over the coming months, the Board of Directors will hold a series of conversations about organizational structure and governance within the congregation. As a framework for this discussion we are reading a book called Governance and Ministry: Rethinking Board Leadership. The book reviews larger societal changes in organized religion and affiliation with faith communities, traditional models of congregational organization, and provides ideas for how congregations might better organize to fulfill their mission. The author, Dan Hotchkiss, is a consultant at the Alban Institute who has consulted with many churches and synagogues on these issues. As the center of lay leadership, the board is responsible for the general management of the congregation, including policy-making and oversight of financial and other resources. But how much should the board be involved in day-to-day operational management vs bigger picture issues of vision and strategy? What are the responsibilities and activities best undertaken by professional staff, the board, and committees, and how do these overlap? How can we engage with members and encourage their deeper connections to the congregation and to one another? Through this process of reflection, we hope to gain insight into how the board can function most effectively, engage congregants, and find the right balance of shared responsibility for management, governance and leadership to achieve our shared goals. We welcome the input of all congregants on these issues, and I invite you to join the discussion at these upcoming board meetings: March 11, April 1 and May 6- start time 7:30 pm. Please feel free to get in touch with me to learn more. ( or call the office to get my phone number).