Accountability and Transparency in Church Governance

Don Dancer teaches at Elon University School of Law in Greensboro, North Carolina as the Distinguished-Practitioner-in-Residence. There he teaches on corporate governance and other aspects of business law. On Dec 5th, Don spoke at a faculty luncheon hosted by the Bush Center on the topic of institutional governance.

Drawing from his years of experience both in the business world and in local churches, Don explained how corporate institutions (businesses or churches) can get themselves into ethical trouble. He also gave good advice on the steps to take in correcting such a situation. Perhaps more importantly, Don presented procedures to put in place that go a long way in preventing such a crisis from occurring in the first place. Here’s a lawyer telling how to avoid messes that require a room full of lawyers.

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In Case You Missed It

1) Ed Stetzer published part 2 of Lifeway’s important research on mental illness and the church.

2) Thom Rainer lists the top 10 selling Bible translations for 2014.

3) Ryan Hutchinson, Executive Vice President for Operations at Southeastern, writes as a white guy trying to understand injustices toward black Americans.

4) At CT’s Leadership Journal, Ben Tertin and Paul J. Pastor, report on the painful lessons learned from the Mars Hill collapse. As it turns out, go big or go home is not a biblical strategy for ministry.

5) Trillia Newbill, consultant on Women’s Initiatives for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, encourages all Christians to care about “race issues.”

J. D. Greear on Why We Fail to Progress Past Ferguson

Every Thursday afternoon we highlight the writing of J. D. Greear, Pastor of The Summit Church. This week J. D. reflected on why we — the evangelical church — fail to progress past the recent discussions on race. 

Here’s an excerpt:

Both “sides” must be swifter to hear than to speak, and both sides must think of the “interests of another community as more important than their own.” Practically, that means gospel-centered white leaders will talk as much about the injustice and problems of white privilege, and the hurt and frustration it has caused in the black community as they do the problems with how the protestors have behaved. That also means that gospel-centered black leaders will talk as much about the need to protect the innocent and to extend to all the full benefits of the justice system to all as they do their anger (though justified) about past injustices.

Read the full post here.