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Centerboard: Call to Order

October 2006
By: Tom Lothamer
Not long ago I was invited to conduct pregnancy center board-training seminars in Peru and Ecuador. I did not know what they understood about running board meetings, yet I did know how vital this is for a ministry. I wanted to be culturally sensitive and not impose North American ideas of order&m...
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Servant Leadership

April 2006
By: Tom Lothamer
Americans have the privilege of living in a republic. We choose our leaders democratically, and they in turn rule by majority. Most organizations in this country copy this model for decision making, including schools, businesses, churches, and pregnancy care centers. The question is, "Should we auto...
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Ambassadorship

January 2006
By: Tom Lothamer
The board member was stumped. He was speaking at a supporting church on behalf of his pregnancy care center, and someone asked how the center would advise a victim of rape or incest. Fumbling for an answer he said, "Well, I suppose abortion would be acceptable in those instances." It took two yea...
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The Role of the Board Member

October 2005
By: Tom Lothamer
As a pregnancy care center recruits volunteers to serve on its board of directors, the leadership must clearly and succinctly convey what it expects the members to do, both individually and collectively. From the outset of the relationship, members need to understand what their roles will be and how...
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Centerboard: Doing My Part

April 2005
By: Tom Lothamer
I've had the privilege of serving on my local school board for thirteen years. This past Valentine's Day two third graders sent me a heart-shaped note saying: "Thank you for caring about us and making good choices. Thank you for running the school!!!" I laughed as I read it because their naive pe...
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The Board Chairman's Role

January 2005
By: Tom Lothamer
The chairman should advocate for the director with the rest of the board, acting as a buffer on occasion while at other times interpreting the director's vision and passion. I have the privilege of visiting with pregnancy care center directors and board members all over the country. Questions abo...
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