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CENTERBOARD: Tricky Transitions

July 2008
By: Tom Lothamer
When Ray Paget stepped down as executive director of Baptists for Life to accept a pastorate five years ago, I was appointed in his place. I knew we'd really miss his presence and passion for this ministry, so I thought, "Wouldn't it be great to have him on our board?" After all, I'd been his associ...
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CENTERBOARD: Checks and Balances

April 2008
By: Tom Lothamer
"I can't believe Bill would do such a thing! I trusted him as a brother in Christ." The board member who made these statements was telling me about some recently discovered financial discrepancies at his pregnancy care center. Another board member, Bill (not his real name), had been writing check...
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Centerboard: Term Limits

January 2008
By: Tom Lothamer
"Yes, I serve on the board of the pregnancy center, but I've been trying to get off for years." This statement was made in the hearing of "Mary," a pregnancy care center staff member. She was dismayed to think the board member felt unable to express his desires through the proper channels. Maybe ...
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Centerboard: Who's My Boss, Anyway?

October 2007
By: Tom Lothamer
I recently introduced one of my board members this way: "Donna serves on our board and is one my bosses." Everyone laughed, but I immediately became aware of my mistake. I regularly hear from PCC executive directors who are struggling with the problem of having too many bosses. Individual board mem...
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Centerboard: Assembling a Board

April 2007
By: Tom Lothamer
Dear Tom, After 10 years of operating a crisis pregnancy center under the umbrella of a ministry center, the board has decided that the CPC needs to "uncouple" from them. Beginning February of 2007, I am starting to do just that. Since this will be the initial time the new entity will have to come u...
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Centerboard: The Well-Run Board Meeting

January 2007
By: Tom Lothamer
Judging by the responses I've had to this ongoing series, problems with pregnancy care center boards seem to be a major source of frustration for many directors. One director called to say that all her board members had resigned. They had been seeking their own agendas and lost sight of their collec...
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