One of the issues a church will wrestle with (in a Christian kind of way hopefully), is whether it’s a good idea or not to allow members to serve on the church board. Regardless of what you may call this group, whether it be elders, deacons, or board members, the challenge is still very real in that the desire is to have the most capable, qualified and spirit-led leaders as possible serving.
Below are a few of the issues to consider as your church possibly decides if this is a practice to be avoided or embraced.
Update Constitution and Bylaws
Of course, as a church, you will want to make sure you have an updated Constitution and Bylaws in place. This goes far beyond the requirements of the State and Federal Government as a 501c3 organization that provides giving reports for your donors. You will find it of great value to take a look at your Constitution and Bylaws on at least an annual basis with a Revisions Committee for any recommended changes. We meet at the end of each year. When you meet on a regular basis, it won’t ever be portrayed that “they met just to put in changes to deal with a situation”. The steps we take are:
1. Meet as a Committee to give recommendations to the Board.
2. Meet as a Board to act upon those recommendations to decide if it should proceed to the Congregation.
3. Meet as a Congregation to decide on the recommendations of the Committee and Board. It takes a 2/3 vote to change the C&B.