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Who trains the Board?

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.

- 2 Timothy 3:16-17 ESV

Who is responsible for training the Board? I get this question often from executive directors. The answer is the Board should be taking the initiative to make sure they are properly trained for their role of leadership. The practicality is that the executive director and staff often know about available resources for training. So, my answer is that it should be a partnership.

As we look for the leadership of our organizations, a candidate should desire to learn and lead. The Board Chair should steer the organization toward candidates of leadership eager to be involved. The executive director should work in partnership with the board to offer suggestions and ideas for good training. Board Training that has been successful:

  1. Formal board training through an affiliation or consultant.

  2. A history of the organization and a tour of the organization.

  3. A practical guide to how meetings are run, when they meet, and what is expected.

  4. Officers should have clear expectations and job descriptions.

I hope this information is practical and helpful. All of our mentors offer board training that stands apart offering not only the role of the board but also how to bring God into the Board room and how to lead through a crisis situation. Reach out to one of us today to learn how we help!


Ashley Graves

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