Board of Directors Application Process

 

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 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 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

    Board Member Application

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    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