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Board Training

Equipping Boards to be effective in accomplishing the mission! 

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What is the role of a church board?

In the Wesleyan Church, the Local Board of Administration is a team of people who serve by representing God to the people. This is a spiritual role set in place to discern God’s will for the church. Their position allows them not to control the church but to lead in a way that moves the mission forward for the sake of Kingdom advancement. 

The GLR’s role is to support and equip the local church board to understand the importance and uniqueness of their role and to encourage them to keep their eyes fixed on the vision and mission to which God is calling them, their lead pastor, and their church.


We believe that a board will serve most effectively when they keep a Kingdom perspective and are willing to function in a manner of discerning where the Holy Spirit leads and directs rather than relying on human decision-making.

Where to start

Plan a Retreat

Empower your church board for effective leadership by committing to an intentional season of equipping and training. Choose a weekend away or book out a Saturday.

GOAL: For the governing body of the church to move from deciding to discerning God’s will by taking the necessary step of growing in the knowledge of each other and the principles of discerning in the community.

Walk Through a book together with guided discussion

Pair your intentional time together by walking through one of our recommended resources. Through insightful discussions about what you are learning and purposeful training, you can equip your team with the tools and strategies needed to navigate the unique challenges and opportunities facing your congregation.

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different kinds of retreats

Recommended Retreat Resources

Pursuing God's Will Together

- Ruth Haley Barton - 

Pursuing God's Will Together

We encourage Boards to read the book “Pursuing God’s Will Together” by Ruth Haley Barton and work through this book together as a team. This book provides a trustworthy process that enables Christian leaders to actively seek God together.  

Winning On Purpose

- John Edmond Kaiser - 

Winning On Purpose

The book “Winning on Purpose” by John Edmond Kaiser is another recommended resource for Boards to read together to understand how to structure and organize your board as well as identify appropriate boundaries and relationships with the Senior Pastor.

Continue Learning

Video Resources

Linchpin Leadership Train Your Board

Linchpin Leadership
Train Your Board

The Linchpin Leader video series was created by Conrad Conrad and 12Stone Church’s former Executive Pastor, Dan Reiland. These videos were designed to help pastors establish healthy relationships their their board as well as lead effective board meetings where each member knows the role they play. 

Linchpin Leadership Vice Chair Training

Linchpin Leadership
Vice Chair Training

This two-part video series was designed to help raise up an effective Vice Chair Person. Guides are included with each video.

Live Board Training

Live Board Training

This 7 part series of videos is a live board training at a GLR church with our Director of Pastoral Transitions, Jack Lynn.

These videos were recorded to give practical understanding, from recognizing the purpose of an LBA member and how their role impacts the pastor, staff, and church body to creating an agenda and planning the monthly meetings.

Pastoral Transition Testimony

Discerning V.S Deciding During a
Pastoral Transition Testimony

Rena is an involved lay leader at Heritage Church. She had the privilege of being voted on by her church board to be part of the search team as they were actively looking for a new lead pastor. Rena’s perspective has shifted involving discernment has shifted drastically due to this process. In this video, she shares what she learned about the church, her own faith, and what it truly means to be part of a discerning committee. 

Podcast Resources

How to Develop Your Board

How to Develop Your Board

In this episode of the Spirit Anointed Leadership Podcast, Chris speaks with the Lead Pastor of All Shores Church. Together, they talk about the importance of developing and disciplining your board and how to create a culture of authenticity and honesty as you grow together. Pastor Pete also gives very practical tips on how to run an impactful board meeting that ultimately shapes the future of your church.

Discerning V.S. Deciding

Discerning V.S. Deciding

Discernment is crucial in a church governing role. In this episode of the Spirit Anointed Leadership Podcast, Chris explains the difference and importance of what it means to discern vs. decide and how pivotal it can be in strengthening and broadening your personal life and the leadership of your church.

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