Board of Directors Application Process

DETAILS

Board of Directors Responsibilities

-        Make sure Forerunner is running as responsibly as possible.

-        Be submitted to a Christian church body and have an active walk with Christ.

-        Be willing to gently rebuke and engage in constructive conflict if you see the program going away from the Lord’s vision.

-        Be active in spreading the vision of Forerunner to your Lake Highlands friends & neighbors.

-        Make a significant personal contribution to Forerunner each year.

Commitments

-        Willingness to support our Executive Director (ED)

-        Willingness to serve on the Board of Directors for 2 years (1 term).

-        Maximum amount of terms one board member can serve in succession is 3 terms.

-        Attends all business meetings, lunches and plans with BOD for there to be one member at all events.

-        Makes room in his schedule for emails and phone calls that pertain to Forerunner.

-        Spend time praying for Forerunner as the Lord leads

Our goal:

To have a well-balanced team who loves the Lord and believes in the ministry of Forerunner who can:

  • Discern how the Lord is leading Forerunner
  • Keep Christ first as we care for the ED and staff
  • Execute on the tasks that need to happen in order to take the ministry where the Lord is calling it to go

Jesus was a pastor, prophet, and King. We want to develop a team that looks like him.

  • Pastor: Someone who takes care of the flock.
    • Jesus in John 10:11 - “I am the good shepherd…”
  • Prophet: Someone who reveals God, speaks for God and communicates to people the truths God wants them to know.
    • Jesus in John 14:7 – “Know me and you will know my father as well…”
  • King: Someone who has the authority to rule and reign.
    • Jesus in Rev. 19:16 – “On his thigh is King of Kings, Lord of Lords…”

How that looks in Forerunner:

We believe that certain people have certain God-given gifts. Each person, more or less, falls primarily into one of the following three categories:

  • Pastor:
    • Cares about the hearts of our BOD, ED, and Staff
    • Takes a personal interest in how they are doing
    • Focus on relationships between Forerunner leadership
  • Prophet:
    • Discerning from the Lord through the Spirit and his Word to help guide major FMP decisions
    • Makes sure we are spiritually sound and, above all, staying true to God’s call for us
    • Keeps us true to our vision
  • King
    • Strategic Planning
    • Structure and Order
    • Process and Procedures
    • Accountability and Organization

BOD Committees 

We believe in delegating responsibilities by way of committees. We use the following committees:

  • Governance
  • Development
  • Financial
  • Executive

Governance Committee

Time Commitment

  • Attend monthly FMP Business Meeting
  • Attend bi-monthly lunch with ED
  • Recruit, interview and train new BOD members at the beginning of each fiscal year
  • Availability to respond to FMP issues within 48 hours
  • Attend major Forerunner events, business meetings, ED lunches, board retreats and any other board event

Responsibilities

  • Clearly informs members of expectations and roles on BOD
  • Finds, interviews, nominates and trains new BOD members
  • Connect with ED to plan business meetings and board retreats
  • Oversees vision of FMP
  • Lead BOD in a self-evaluation
  • Keeps minutes at meetings
  • Recruit and onboard new board members

Development Committee

Time Commitment

  • Attend monthly FMP Business Meeting
  • Attend bi-monthly lunch with ED
  • Network and connect with potential donors
  • Research and make staff aware of any grants, donors or possible giving opportunities
  • Availability to respond to FMP issues within 48 hours
  • Attend major Forerunner events, business meetings, ED lunches, board retreats and any other board event

 

Responsibilities

  • Understand the 1-3 year budget
  • Create a plan to help raise funds for our 1-3 year budget
  • Help staff execute Development Plan
  • Keep ED accountable to execution of development plan
  • Help provide connections and contacts to raise funds

 

 

Finance Committee

Time Commitment

  • Attend monthly FMP Business Meeting
  • Attend bi-monthly lunch with ED
  • Review monthly spending report with ED
  • Set budget with ED at the beginning of each fiscal year
  • Availability to respond to FMP issues within 48 hours
  • Attend major Forerunner events, business meetings, ED lunches, board retreats and any other board event

Responsibilities

  • Oversee 1-3 year budget
  • Create reports to present to BOD
  • Forecast any potential issues
  • Make sure we are financial responsible with our spending

     

     

    Executive Committee

    Responsibilities

    • Keep ED accountable as he executes strategic plan
    • Support and appraise the ED in his role as well as emotionally, spiritually, and relationally. 
    • Evaluate ED at year’s end

    Time Commitment

    • Attend monthly FMP Business Meeting
    • Attend monthly lunch with ED
    • Review and monitor progress of strategic plan with ED
    • Availability to respond to FMP issues within 48 hours
    • Availability to support ED emotionally, spiritually, and relationally. 
    • Attend major Forerunner events, business meetings, ED lunches, board retreats and any other board event
     

    Board Duties

    Duty of Care

    • Know what the organization does and be able to clearly articulate the vision and mission

    • Take overall responsibilities seriously
      • Attend meetings and retreats
      • Read documents and emails
      • Ask pertinent questions
    • Use good judgment, common sense and handle yourself in a Christ-Like manner

    Duty of Loyalty

    • Put the best interest of Forerunner over personal or business interests
      • Disclose any conflict of interest
      • Keep organization information confidential
      • Loyalty when sitting on multiple boards at the same time

    Duty of Obedience

    • Safeguard the vision above everything else
      • Carefully consider expansion and avoid poor decisions not aligned with the vision
    • Maintain public trust
      • Comply with all federal, state, and local laws
    • Manage operations and resources in accordance with vision