What Is the Role of a Church Board?

Real estate developer, licensed pilot, and outdoor enthusiast Gary R. Gibbs has contributed to fundraising efforts for charitable organizations based in the United States and around the world. Gary R. Gibbs also has served on local private school boards and his church board.

Since churches are tax-exempt, they must have a board, according to IRS regulations. Board members are tasked with monitoring the church’s financial donations and ensuring that the church is in compliance with all nonprofit rules. Church boards also provide financial oversight by developing the church’s budget and authorizing major expenses, such as salaries.

The most effective church boards are made up of congregation members from diverse backgrounds and professional experiences. Board members should work alongside church leaders to develop strategic plans that reflect the church’s mission. Board members should also be prepared to address sensitive situations, such as allocating money to programs and managing potential conflicts of interest.

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