#9 Engage a National Board (WOLIM 9 Responsibilities)

Purpose: To help WOL field leadership understand the basics of WOL philosophy and strategy.

#9 Engage a National Board


Purpose:  The Field Director needs to recognize that a National Board provides the legal, ministerial and ethical accountability necessary for a properly run not-for-profit organization.

Lesson Expectation:

  • The leader will understand the philosophy behind a WOL Board as well as tools used for Board recruitment, engagement, and communication.  


What Types of Considerations Make for a Great Word of Life Board?

  1. Spirit-Filled People. This goes without saying, but because we’re involved in God’s Work, we need people steering the organization that are committed Christ-followers.  Even the most gifted business-person in the world is no substitute for person that is submitted to the Holy Spirit’s leadership in their own life.
  2. People Involved in God’s Work.  Because Board Members should be advocating on behalf of the organization, they themselves should be personally involved in seeing God’s work move forward, both with their time and financial resources.
  3. Belief in the Mission of Word of Life.  This doesn’t mean they have longevity with the organization – but it does mean they have knowledge of what Word of Life does and that they believe in it’s activities.
  4. Agreement with the Statement of Faith and Standard of Conduct.  Board members are the chief stewards of the organization, so their commitment to follow the SOF/SOC are important for the integrity of the organization.
  5. A Developed, Trusting Relationship.  Rushing to make someone a Board member is NEVER a good idea, except in rare circumstances (where there has already been a long standing established trust relationship).  It’s easy to have a man join your Board – it is much harder to get him off.  Take your time and develop a relationship with potential Board members over months as opposed to weeks.  The tendency for Field Directors can be to get connect with an influential person and immediately begin to wonder if they would make a good Board candidate.  It takes a very special person to be on a Word of Life Board.  They need to be the things mentioned above, but they also need to have a spirit of mutual submission and a willingness to set their own interests aside for the greater direction of the organization.  Those characteristics are not always present in people, and only time through an intentional relationship will help you determine if a particular person has spiritual maturity in these areas.
  6. A Plurality of Backgrounds and Opinions.  Proverbs 11:14 and 15:22 speak to the importance of an abundance of counsel.  You don’t want to have a Board full of Pastors but you also don’t want a Board full of businessmen.  Ideally you want a Board that brings to the table a number of different backgrounds and opinions so that wise, well-rounded decisions can be made.  Depending on the Field that you’re serving in you may be able to find a wide assortment of expertise in areas such as legal, financial, ministry, not-for-profit, sales, etc.

When would it be appropriate to bring on a Board member quickly?

Would it be advantageous to have a Board full of people in ministry? Why or why not?

Do you think Board members need to agree with the SOF/SOC? Why or why not?