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CMA's Essential Standards of Ministry Governance
CMA's Essential Standards of Ministry Governance (PDF)
CMA's Essential Standards Board Self-Assessment

CMA's Essential Standards of Ministry Governance (Free PDF)

Type: PDF Booklet (20 pages)
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Author: Gary Williams
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For many churches and Christian organisations, the desire in the boardroom for governance excellence is not always matched by the organisational capacity to get there. We instinctively want to be 'Best Practice' boards, but just defining that can be a challenge. Actually getting there can be a huge leap.

CMA urges an interim step: Essential Standards. In this succinct publication, CMA National Director Gary Williams proposes sixteen principles to guide our way forward in the boardroom, fleshed out into 111 standards that should be true of each church or ministry unless there is a very good reason.

Designed with the volunteer ministry board member in mind, CMA hopes that it may help to maximise ministry effectiveness, and build organisational character.

Note that a companion 'Online Self-Assessment Tool' is also available from CMA here.


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