What It Means to be a Board Member at Liberty Church
Liberty Board members are nominated by a nominating committee made up of current board members and congregants and undergo a screening and interview process before they are eligible for election to the Board. Accepting the volunteer role of Board member is not something to be taken lightly; Board members make a time commitment and take on deep spiritual responsibility in leading Liberty, and we are grateful for their service on our behalf.
 
Board member Prerequisites
  • Board members must have attended Liberty Church for at least five years.
  • Board members must be participating members of Liberty.
  • Board members must have participated in a volunteer role for at least two years.
  • Board members must be known and approved for consideration by a member of the Board.
 
Time Commitment for Board members
  • Board members’ meeting - one evening per month.
  • Four to six hours (on average) per month for review of Board member board materials, policies, correspondence, meeting preparation, and team conference calls.
  • In addition to the regular Board members' meeting, committee/team responsibilities may require additional time each month.
  • If serious issues arise that require immediate attention by the Board member board, additional hours may be required.
 
Scriptural Overview of the Role of Board member
General Overview
Scripture verses that address the role of this kind of church leader: Titus 1:5, 9; I Peter 5:1–4; Acts 20:28–31; James 5:14
 
At Liberty, our Board members:
 
  • Carry the ultimate responsibility and authority to see that the church remains on a true biblical course; that its members are being appropriately shepherded; that the body is being fed through insightful biblical teaching; and that the life of the church is being well managed with the assistance of competent and godly leaders.
  • Guard the body of Christ against harmful influences, confronting those who are contradicting biblical truth or continuing in a pattern of destructive behavior.
  • Shepherd the church by being an example and role model.
  • Care about the spiritual and physical well being of members; pray regularly for the sick.
  • Oversee the work of the entire church.
  • Provide Spiritual Oversight
  • Shepherd the Flock
  • Manage the Church
  • Pray for the Sick
 
Specific Duties
The Board members of Liberty are responsible for the following, but will delegate to qualified others in the body so that these duties are carried out effectively.
 
  • Provide Spiritual Oversight
  • Shepherd the Flock
  • Manage the Church
  • Pray for the Sick

 

Essential Components of a Board member
The biblical teaching on church leadership (elders) begins and ends with the character of the individuals who are called to the leadership team of the church. Our evaluation of individuals who aspire to serve as Board members at Liberty Church includes a process to evaluate the “Five Cs,” with the primary focus on Character.
 
1. First “C”—Character (1 Timothy 3:2–7 and Titus 1:6–9)
    • Temperate—Board members must be self-controlled, enslaved to nothing, and free from excesses.
    • Prudent—Board members must be sober, sensible, wise, balanced in judgment, not given to quick, superficial decisions based on immature thinking.
    • Respectable—Board members must demonstrate a well-ordered life and honorable behavior.
    • Hospitable—Board members must be unselfish with personal resources, willing to share blessings with others.
    • Able to teach—Board members must be able to communicate truth and sound doctrine in a non-argumentative way.
    • Not self-willed—Board members must not be stubborn, or prone to forcing their opinions on others or abusing authority. They must be servant-minded.
    • Loving what is good—Board members must desire the will of God in every decision.
    • Devout—Board members must be devoted Christ followers, seeking to be conformed to His image. They must be committed to prayer, worship, the study of Scripture, and the guarding of their spiritual walk.
    • Holding fast the faithful Word—Board members must be stable in the faith, obedient to the Word of God, and continually seeking to be controlled by the Holy Spirit.
    • Able to keep confidential information
    • Spiritual maturity
    • Able to exhort in sound doctrine
    • Excellent interpersonal skills
    • Excellent communication skills
    • Team player
    • Humility
    • Conflict-resolution skills

 

2. Second “C”—Competence: Defined as specific, Holy Spirit-endowed gifts and abilities, combined with skills acquired through training and life experience.
 
3. Third “C”—Chemistry: The intangible quality of being able to “fit” within the existing team. The ability to blend into and enrich the current circle of community and relational harmony within the board.
 
4. Fourth “C”—Courage: The ability, when needed, to enter into difficult exchanges and defend the faith, the church, and individuals in ways that preserve and maintain the community. The ability to speak the truth in love without destructive results.
 
5. Fifth “C”—Calling: The ability to sense God’s calling on one’s life for a particular season of service to the body of Christ: “I think God is in this.”
 
 
Essential Characteristics/Skills of Board members
 
  • Able to keep confidential information
  • Spiritual maturity
  • Able to exhort in sound doctrine
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Team player
  • Humility
  • Conflict-resolution skills