Transforming Church Boards into Communities of Spiritual Leaders
Charles M. Olsen
You will never look at church boards the same way again.
Olsen presents a bold vision of leadership—one that offers church board work as an integral part of congregational leaders’ faith experience and development. Discover inspiring, practical ways your board can make its meetings become opportunities for deepening faith, developing leadership, and ultimately renewing your church.
Praise for the Book
“Transforming Church Boards provides a model for a new way of working on church boards that can be fulfilling instead of draining. So many people have been burned out by serving in what should be an experience in which faith is formed. Olsen squarely faces this problem and offers a program of four points: shared stories, scripture, prayer, and discernment. These can lead to new life and new possibilities.” —Howard L. Rice
“This book is about how ordinary people are led to integrate their work of leading the organization of the congregation with leading the spiritual life of the congregation. He calls for a new culture within church boards. What’s better, he helps us know how to take some steps in that direction.” —Loren B. Mead
About the AuthorRev. Dr. Charles M. (Chuck) Olsen, ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA), directs Worshipful-Work: Center for Transforming Religious Leadership. He is an experienced consultant, conference presenter, and spiritual director for clergy and lay leaders, and has special interests in national and local church renewal and revitalization. Chuck's Alban Institute book, Transforming Church Boards into Communities of Spiritual Leaders details his four-year project on the integration of spirituality and administration in church boards and councils. He is also co-author of Discerning God's Will Together.
Alban No. AL158
paper, 190 pages
($13.60 for members)