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Governance Role Of Board Members

September’s article focused on the role of the board members involved in trusteeship. Today’s article addresses the governance role of board members involved in leadership.

The board’s job is to lead the school by setting direction. The task of leadership derives from the school’s vision, mission and values statements. As leaders, board members form boundaries through policies that help to define what the school is to look like as it functions. Boundary style policies should address legal considerations, operational oversight, and board mechanics. Developing relationships with other strategic organizations is a key leadership role as the school seeks to build community engagement. Building capacity is another important task of leadership as preparation occurs for the future with items such as a building fund, contingency fund and providing for future growth with an increase in facilities and property. 

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10 Areas of Board Member Leadership

1. As leaders, board members must be knowledgeable about the school by listening to the school community, pray knowledgeably for the families and thank other community people and organizations for their work that aids with the functioning of the school.

2. In order to lead effectively, board members must know what benefits the school provides, to whom and at what cost.

3. Training is an important aspect of leadership and board members must be willing to learn from community organizations and leaders as well as from parents of the school and from experts in Christian education as well as other aspects of the governance of the school.

4. Board members must strive to be prepared by understanding the times, watch for trends and tensions that impact the school and cultivate and build missional support for the school.

5. As leaders, board members must participate in the community in order to understand how the school fits into it and is a part of it. This will be achieved by attending community functions and inviting community leaders and organizations to visit the school.

6. Board members need to ask questions in order to be knowledgeable of other Christian school leaders, community leaders, and parents of the school.

7. When asking questions, board members must seek strategic information that aids in the leadership of the school by inquiring what other Christian schools are doing or not doing and understand what is and is not occurring in the community that the school could be doing in order to be a blessing to others.

8. Board members are to govern and not manage. They are to provide leadership and direction for missional activities, acquiring and using resources and building organizational capacity.

9. Board members must manage conflicts carefully and constructively so as not to drain school resources, use differences to strengthen the school and engage the broader community by being “salt and light”.

10. As leaders, board members are to create a safe environment for missional activities by ensuring that resources are available and that an attitude of gratitude prevails throughout the school.