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Probably the only Ayn Rand quote I am in unequivocal agreement with: “You can ignore reality, but you can’t ignore the consequences of ignoring reality.”

The job of your board is to work within the scope between our church’s mission & vision, and the day-to-day realities that impact our efforts.  Over the last couple of months, your church board has been studying the text of the book Governance and Ministry, Rethinking Board Leadership, by Dan Hotchkiss.  In his chapter, “The Job of the Board”, he writes about the board members’ duties, including acting as fiduciaries (to act in trust and faithfulness to the church’s mission, on behalf of the membership), duty of care (to devote enough time, effort and attention to understand the church’s mission, attend to its affairs, and act responsibly), to be loyal  (by avoiding conflicts of interest, and putting aside “all partial loyalties in favor of the whole church and its mission), and finally, its duty to obedience.  Now I know the words loyalty and obedience may raise the hackles of some, who resist any call to blind loyalty and obedience, but I find Mr. Hotchkiss’ words on the subject of the duty of obedience interesting and compelling:

“Board members have a duty to respect the limits of their individual role vis-à-vis the board as a whole.  Board members scattered through the social hall after a service are not the board.  They become the board only at a duly called board meeting, and the board acts only as a unit.  Individual board members, as such, have no special rights or powers except to participate and vote at board meetings.  At board meetings, board members [mjh-may!] disagree sharply, but once a vote is taken, the duty of obedience requires every member to speak with respect of the decision and the board’s authority to make it.”

In years past and present, our policy of board meetings open to the membership, and the dedication of, dare I say faithful and loyal board members, staff, committees’ chairs and members, and the general membership has made this duty of obedience easier to bear. Which brings me to another reality, the 2012 Financial Commitment Drive, Finance Committee and Board are continuing to work on next year’s budget proposal, and will hold the following meetings leading up to and including the vote to approve the 2012 budget:

1) Sun. 01/08/2012 - Open Meeting to discuss the 2012 Budget

 

2) Tues. 01/17/2012 - Board Meeting to Approve the 2012 Budget

 

3) Sun. 01/29/2012 - Congregational Meeting where we will vote to approve the 2012 Budget

 

Our next board of trustees meeting, noted above, will be Thursday, December 8 at 7:15 pm in the church office. Interested members are welcome to attend.  If you have a question or concern, or need to contact me directly, please call me at 225-931-6270 or email me at michael_hebert@bellsouth.net.