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Centerboard: Getting the Right People on Board

January 2013
By: Tom Lothamer
I've said it many times: selecting the right board members is crucial to any center's success. It's vital that the boards of Christian ministries consist of men and women who understand their ministry's mission and vision, as well as their individual and collective roles in it. Taking that to heart...
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Centerboard: It's Officio! PCC Executives Are Welcome to Board Meetings!

October 2012
By: Tom Lothamer
Over the course of writing this board governance column, it's been my delight to hear from readers. Some share how they've been encouraged or challenged; a few have said they disagree with me on certain points, and that's okay! No matter what you say, I love to hear from you. My At the Center art...
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Centerboard: "O Lord, Give us Success!"

July 2012
By: Tom Lothamer
Some pregnancy care center leaders think of success in terms that may or may not reflect the center's purpose or biblical values, such as the following:Our center has money in the bank.We have an ultrasound program.We have great events.We are helping many clients by meeting many of their needs.We ha...
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Centerboard: Hire a Leader and Get Out of the Way!

April 2012
By: Tom Lothamer
What's an executive board's most important function? Approving and monitoring the budget? Setting policy? Raising support? Representing the PCC before the community? All of these are important, but one other responsibility is absolutely critical to a ministry's success or failure. What would that ...
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Centerboard: Spiritual Discernment in the Decision-Making Process

January 2012
By: Tom Lothamer
The job of the board of directors is to make decisions on behalf of the organization. Some decisions will be simple or routine; others — such as initiating new programs, cutting programs or staff, changing a name, and so forth — will have a lasting impact. How should a board make those d...
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Centerboard: Stepping Up to the Challenge

October 2011
By: Tom Lothamer
IT IS EASIER TO KEEP A DONOR THAN TO RAISE ONE My column last summer reflected on the worrisome economic conditions of those days. Sadly, not much has changed between then and now. I continue to hear from friends about the struggles their ministries are facing. One told me that income in 2009 and 2...
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