Board of Directors Application Process

Application is at the bottom of this page.

 

Board of Directors Responsibilities

-        Be a fatherly covering for Forerunner to ensure it is running as responsibly as possible.

-        Be submitted to a Christian church body and have an active, personal relationship with Christ.

-        Be willing to gently engage in constructive conflict if you see the program going away from the vision.

-        Ensure, through prayer and discernment, the Lord is leading Forerunner instead of man leading Forerunner. 

-        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 2 terms.

-        Makes room in his schedule for Forerunner lunches and meetings

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

-        Attend each Forerunner programs (Family Dinner, After-School Programs, Mentor Training, Family Classes) once a year.

-        Attend BOD Retreat and Fundraiser

-        Spend time praying for Forerunner as the Lord leads

 

Our purpose:

The purpose of the Board of Directors is to protect the mission and vision of Forerunner, evaluate and care for the CEO, and to ensure excellence in our ministries by asking the hard questions to maintain accountability in our key areas of focus.

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 in a timely manner
  • 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
  • Recruits, 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
  • Organizes BOD meetings and keeps minutes
  • 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 in a timely manner
  • 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 in a timely manner
  • 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 in a timely manner
    • 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

    What We Believe

     

    That the scriptures are true, authoritative and sufficient (Psalm 19:7-11, 2 Timothy 3:16, 2 Peter 1:20-21).

    That there is only one God. (Deuteronomy 6:4Isaiah 45:5-6Isaiah 46:9-10John 17:3, 1 Corinthians 8:4-6, 1 Timothy 2:5)

    That the Father is God, the Son is God, and the Holy Spirit is God; and that the Father is neither the Son nor the Holy Spirit, the Son is neither the Father nor the Holy Spirit, and the Holy Spirit is neither the Father nor the Son. (Genesis 1:26Psalm 45:6-7Psalm 110:1Matthew 3:13-17Matthew 28:17-20, 1 Corinthians 12:4-6)

    That I am, along with all humanity (Christ excluded), by birth and action a sinner. (Genesis 6:5Psalm 51:5Jeremiah 17:9Romans 3:23, 5:8, 5:12-21, 7:18Ephesians 2:1-3)

    That the deserved penalty is death, both physical and spiritual. (Genesis 2:15-17Genesis 3:19Romans 5:12Romans 6:23James 1:14-15)

    That Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God, was born of a virgin, and is both fully God and fully human. (Matthew 1:20Luke 2:52John 1:1-4John 1:14Colossians 1:15-20Hebrews 1:1-3)

    That Jesus Christ as my substitute to pay the penalty for my sin. (John 1:29John 10:1-18Romans 5:8, 1 Corinthians 15:1-4, 2 Corinthians 5:21Galatians 1:4, 1 Peter 3:18)

    That Jesus Christ physically rose from the dead. (Matthew 28:1-20Mark 16:1-8Luke 24:1-53John 1:20-21John 1:25, 1 Corinthians 15:12-34)

    That Jesus Christ physically ascended into heaven and will one day physically return. (John 14:3Acts 1:11, 1 Thessalonians 4:16Hebrews 9:28, 1 John 3:2Revelation 1:7)

    In a future physical resurrection of the dead. Those who trust in Jesus Christ alone will be raised to eternal reward. Those who have not trusted in Jesus Christ will be raised to eternal punishment. (Matthew 25:31-46John 5:28- 29, Acts 24:15)

    That only by trusting in the person and work of Jesus Christ alone can I be reconciled by God and experience true life and joy. (John 3:18John 14:6Acts 4:12Romans 3:21-26, 1 Timothy 2:5-6)

    Philosophy of Ministry

     

    • We believe our the most important thing is that every person affiliated with our program grows to love God with all of their heart. (Mark 12:30-31)

     

    • We believe that the influence of a young man’s family is the most important influence in his life. Therefore, it is of the utmost of importance that his family and our ministry work together and be on the same page.

     

    • We want to help our people “Fulfill their God-given potential”. We focus on the following:
      • We equip our people with skills to grow spiritually (Heart and Soul)

      • We equip our people with skills to grow academically (Mind)

      • We equip our people with skills to grow in leadership (Strength)

      • We equip our people with skills to grow emotionally (Love Yourself)

      • We equip our people with skills to grow relationally (Love your Neighbor)

        • Matthew 22:37-39

     

    • We believe “Relationships Change Lives” (Mark 12:30-31)
      • Relationship with God

      • Relationship with Others

     

    • We want to help our people “Experience Scripture” (John 11:28-36)
      • We believe that the most effective way for truth to be fully accepted is to experience it. 

     

    • We believe no person can fulfill their full potential until they feel safe in environment and in relationship. (Mark 2:13-17; Luke 19:1-10)

     

    • We believe in invest into a child as soon as possible. The earlier we invest in a child, the better the opportunity for success. (Proverbs 22:6)

     

    • We believe that our people could have emotional hurts that need to be healed by walking in the light. These hurts affect their ability to fulfill potential and to experience life to the fullest. (John 10:10)
      • God heals through the light of his Word (Psalm 119:105)

      • God heals through the light of Jesus exposing darkness by the conviction of the Holy Spirit. (John 8:12; 12:35)

     

    • God heals through the light of his people through trusting relationships (Matt 5:14)

     

    • We want to “Remove Aloneness” through developing safe, joyful and intimate relationships (Genesis 2:18).
      • Mentor to Child                         -     Friend to mother

      • Staff to child                              -     Staff to mother

      • Child to child                              -     Mother to mother

     

    • We believe there are 5 different stages through which the young man deals with the lack of relationships with his father:

    1. Curiosity stage

    • Typically begins in early childhood
      • “I wonder why I don’t have a father around”

     

    2. Anger stage

    • Typically begins in teenage years
      • “I hate my father and I’m glad he’s not around”

     

    3. Forgiveness stage

    • Typically begins in late teens/early adulthood
      • “I want to get rid of this anger in my heart. I want to be obedient to God and trust his way is better”

     

    4. Rebuilding stage

    • Typically begins in early adulthood
      • “I want to learn everything that it takes to be a Godly, positive man by submitting and building relationships with father-figures”

    5. Identity stage

    • Typically begins in early adulthood and on into adulthood
      • “I want to learn how to be a son and come to accept the love of a father who will never leave me.”

     

    • We believe in generational curses and generational blessings (Exodus 34:7)
    • The Lord can break the cycle of a generational curse and can start a cycle of generational blessing (2 Cor. 3:17, Genesis 22:18)

     

    Board Member Application

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