Qualities of the Board as a Whole
The Board as a whole should reflect a caring, balanced, mature approach to governance of the church. The Board will always strive for unity but incorporate diversity and openness to differing personality types and expressions of spirituality. There should be a balance in terms of age, gender, skills, experience, marital status and race. There should be a mix of ministry experience and practice, involving people from various areas of church life such that the Board maintains an overall sense of the spiritual health and morale of the congregation as a whole (Board members should not approach board functions as representatives of any ministry and must avoid a parochial or “siloed” outlook).
Qualities of Individual Board Members
- Evidence of a commitment to and participation in the vision and values of CRCC, including a record of dependability and servanthood. They should be active members who are “at the heart of the church” – true stakeholders who are excited about who we are where we are going.
- Evidence of a life transformed by following Jesus, exemplifying our mission and what membership at Cedar Ridge means. This does not mean leading a faultless life but rather a life that exhibits progress on the journey of becoming more like Jesus. Their life should show signs of growth in the “fruits of the spirit”.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. (Galatians 5:22-23)
- Commitment to a prayerful life, demonstrating thoughtfulness, wisdom, and discernment. They should exhibit self-control and the ability to think and reflect deeply about issues rather than react too quickly. Board members should be able to put aside their own preferences and agendas to consider the good of the church as a whole.
- A humble approach to others. They should be good listeners and able to work through conflict. They must be able to keep confidences and remain spiritually centered in challenging times and situations. They must be recognized as highly ethical and trustworthy.
- Board members should be vision oriented, rather than operational. They should see the changing role of the universal church and CRCC’s role in the changing world. They should not be inclined to “get lost in the weeds” and should make judgments based on long-term, big picture considerations.
- Generally, we expect board members to serve on the board for just one three-year term. We assume it takes 6 months to a year to get adjusted, then work hard for 2 years, then rest or return to other ministries.
- On a practical level, board members must be able and willing to attend regular in-person meetings at Cedar Ridge.
According to the Cedar Ridge by-laws: “Candidates for the Trustees, including incumbents, shall satisfy Biblical principles of eldership, shall demonstrate consistent commitment to this church and its mission and shall be recommended by the Trustees. They shall be at least twenty-one years of age, residents of the Washington-Baltimore Metropolitan Area and members of the Religious Corporation.”