It’s somewhat of an occupational good-natured ribbing. Pastors complain about dysfunctional boards and dysfunctional boards complain about pastors. Wait, did we say that right?? Oh yeah, we mean… boards complain about dysfunctional pastors! There, that’s better.
Today’s podcast is to help and encourage pastors who have dysfunctional boards. Even as we write this, we realize that we must also importune Dave Jacobs to do an episode with us where we help and encourage board members who have dysfunctional pastors – yeah, that topic!
We really enjoyed producing episode 58! We talk about what a 200church is, especially for those new to the 200churches Podcast, and there are A LOT of you! And, welcome! We talk with Dave Jacobs about how to handle a dysfunctional board, then we spend about eight minutes debriefing from that conversation, and share our hearts with you pastors who find yourself saying, “Yes, that’s me! I have a dysfunctional board!”
In this podcast episode, we ask Dave three major questions, which he answers with alacrity and precision:
1. How would you define a dysfunctional board?
2. What is the purpose of a functional, healthy board?
3. What can I do if I have a dysfunctional board?
This week we spent a few hours with nine other pastors in our denomination here in Iowa. We were reminded again that our challenges and joys are shared in common among most of us pastors. For example, did you know that some people think that if other people “like” something on Facebook, that it means they approve of and agree with everything about that “something” they liked!? Yes! It’s true! They really think that, so be careful what you like, you, uh… yeah, you just might get it! Whatever. Anyway, apparently this social media conundrum sometimes causes friction between members who are upset when another member “likes” Budweiser or something…
As we talked with our pastor friends, we realized we all struggle with board members at least once in a while. We found out that we all could use a little more money in our budgets – you know, the filthy lucre. We wish we could drum up a few more volunteers than we have. We also hope that we don’t get gifted another plot of land that has a grain elevator – because the town will demand that we dismantle and remove it at our own expense. (did you know it costs about $15K to take down a large grain elevator??) (In Iowa anyway…)
So, our heart for the mission of 200churches is bigger than ever – Pastors need encouragement! Old pastors and young pastors, tall pastors and short pastors, fat pastors and skinny pastors, male pastors and female pastors, handsome and beautiful pastors and – well, you get the idea! We all need encouragement, advice, a little training, a few reminders, and a healthy shot of inspiration! We want 200churches.com and the 200churches Podcast to give that to you.
We also want 200churches to be the place where you find affirmation and gratitude for your work as a pastor, a shepherd of God’s sheep. We want it to be a place of understanding, and connection – where what you hear you can identify with, and in saying “yeah – me too!” you can realize you’re not alone.
If you receive anything good from 200churches, and the people and ministries we partner with, then share us on the social media of your choice! You’re smart, you know how to do it. Let other pastors know so that they can receive the same benefit and encouragement.
Enjoy episode 58! But don’t worry, there’s more on the way. Every Wednesday…
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