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0.25 CEU

How to Lead a Church Board

Course Summary

The purpose of this course is to help you transition your church board from committee to an effective ministry community focused on mission.

What do I need to know?

After watching the videos, completing course learning materials, completing the learning activities, and taking short multiple choice quizzes, you’ll earn .25 continuing education units (CEU) and a training certificate.

What will I learn in this course?

By the end of this course you will understand the marks of community in your church board, know how to form a ministry description and group norms with them, know how to build community, trust, and teamwork, how to manage the agenda, and the meeting itself in a way that furthers vision and mission. You will identify competencies of a board chair, and learn how to chair a board meeting with greater success.

About the Instructor

Dr. Skip Bell is Professor of Church Leadership, Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary, Andrews University. An ordained Seventh-day Adventist pastor, Skip has served the church as a pastor, departmental director, administrator, and university professor. Dr. Bell has authored A Time to Serve: Church Leadership for the 21st Century, published in 2003, is the editor and main contributor to Servants and Friends: A Biblical Theology of Leadership, published in 2014, numerous academic and professional articles, and several curriculums for professional pastoral development. He is a member of the Academy of Religious Leadership. Dr. Bell counts time with his wife, Joni, and family as one of his greatest joys and loves just about any pursuit that involves outdoor activity.


8 months ago
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Inspiring and Informative! Truly appreciated this course by Dr. Bell. Helped to give new meaning and energy into an often boring, contentious and time consuming part off the ministry. Thanks doc!

9 months ago
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I liked the continued emphasis on the transition from committee to community and relationship building. Very helpful guide for all leaders to continue the practice of servant leadership!

2 years ago
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2 years ago
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This course was very, very helpful!

2 years ago
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Easy to follow, short - busyness friendly modules, and some great ideas. Loved it! Can't wait to use some of this at our own board as we continually strive to improve.

0.25 CEU
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Self-paced course