The collective knowledge and experience across our organization is a tremendous asset.
We created the Perspectives column as an exchange of information, ideas and insights among South Division boards.
While you all face challenges unique to your ministries and communities, you also share common goals and opportunities. This column is a resource for knowledge sharing and connection across ministries. To get us started, we asked seven board chairs from ministries across the state a series of questions.
Their answers give us an insider’s view of how they’re approaching their priorities and opportunities. During the interviews, a few things were immediately apparent—they were all open and candid with their answers, and all were interested in hearing what their colleagues had to share.
When asked about the characteristics of a strong board member, the answers were as unique as the board chairs themselves. However, there were striking similarities, including advocacy for the ministry, passion for giving back and active engagement.
Sharing about their board’s biggest successes and what they hope to accomplish during their terms as chair elicited a wide range of answers. Notably, intentional board development emerged as a theme, with boards actively working to increase diversity and close the gaps in representation. And the buzz was enthusiastic and optimistic from boards adopting and implementing a comprehensive fundraising model.
Identifying their biggest opportunities is one area where boards were more unified in their answers. Educating the community about their ministries, connecting with more potential donors, and community engagement are clear priorities for boards across the organization.
To learn more and glean a deeper understanding, read on for their thoughtful and frank answers to our questions. And look for our next edition coming this fall when we’ll hear insights from the rest of our board chairs.