Rev. Dr. Todd Adams, Associate General Minister & Vice-President of the Christian Church and newly called President of the Pension Fund of the Christian Church, led pastors and congregational board members in two separate workshops at First Christian Church in Neosho on January 23 and First Christian Church in Columbia on January 24. Dr. Adams is a Certified Governance Trainer, through Board Source, a national organization which helps non-profit boards to fulfill their obligations.
Dr. Adams detailed important legal, ethical, and practical considerations for faithful governance by local congregations. He noted the importance of congregations filling out yearbook reports to continue IRS Code non-profit tax exemptions though their group exemption within the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Dr. Adams also highlighted how many churches quickly become bogged down in board operations over against ministry due to the constant work of filling Board slots and positions. The church is no longer living in the 1950’s. The church has to be prepared for a new generation that does not have time for committee and Board meetings, but still wants to fulfill the different missional needs of congregations in their local community. The words of Dr. Adams were refreshing and encouraging!
For those who could not attend the workshop, the Regional Ministry of Leadership Development through the support of the Rickman Legacy Fund provided for this video of the presentation (taken by Antornette Allison).
Story and photos courtesy of Paul Koch, Transitional Regional Minister, RMT
and Mike Weinman, Regional Minister Team.