What does the Bible say about board governance? This often-asked question has puzzled board members for decades. The Council answers this question by starting with the Scriptures and ending with the Scriptures.
Thanks to the deep dive that Gary Hoag, Wes Willmer, and Gregory Henson have taken into the Scriptures, the question has now been more fully answered than ever before.
According to ECFA President Dan Busby in his foreword to the book, The Council is outstanding for five reasons which rarely apply to a book:
- Transformative. The principles embodied in The Council hold the potential to change the governance practices and outcomes for all Christ-centered churches and other nonprofit ministries. Every board can fine-tune their operations even if the board is healthy. The Council has the potential to enhance the trajectory of every board.
- Timeless. The Council is timeless. It is a principle-based text that will apply as much in the future as it does today. We are reminded of the parable of the wise and foolish builders in Matthew chapter 7. Jesus taught the disciples through this parable, saying, “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like the wise man who built his house on the rock.” The authors of The Council have wisely built this study of biblical board governance on a solid foundation of scriptural truth that is unchanging regardless of culture or circumstance. After you read this book, you will be drawn back to it over and over as you desire to refresh your biblically-based mindset on board governance.
- Practical. The Study Guide in Chapter 7, "Tools to Help Overseers Think Biblically,” is crystal clear in providing a road map for boards to implement the principles in the book.
- Inspiring. Other authors have also urged prayer, the reading of Scripture during board meetings, setting aside time for silence, and welcoming all board members to share their thoughts. But The Council is unmistakably clear on these topics and communicates these principles in a new and inspiring way.