Board Training Event (BTE)

Board Training Event Curriculum

(The number in parenthesis is class length)

Basics of Being on a Board (1.5)

  • Orienting/training board members
  • Recruiting board members

Board function (3.0)

  • Board-staff relations
  • Defining staff and board member roles
  • Staff relationship with other staff
  • Board speaks to executive with one voice
  • Duality of roles of executive and board
  • Board meeting design and roles
  • Working with consultants (who are they; why use them; advantages; when to use consultants and when to use staff members; value versus cost – using professionals; possible consultants usage:  human resources, IT, financial development, strategic planning, marketing, board development, site planning, consultation/design teams, task teams)
  • Achieving diversity (importance of being diverse begins with leadership, decisions made and modeled; anti-racism training; being intentional about recruiting people of color and those whose primary language is other than English; strategies for diversity; awareness of cultural traditions, obstacles; role models)
  • Hiring executive (professionalism – diverse areas of knowledge needed; don’t settle for the local pastor or board chair; pros and cons of rostered leaders; resources – Board Source, LOM network, ACA network, etc.; secession planning, exit interviews)
  • Leading a meeting, agenda planning, job descriptions
  • Crisis Management [how to be prepared (media, policy, crisis plan – sample to share), what is the board’s role, staff role, when it happens, then what?)

Mission/Goals/Philosophy (3.0)

  • Outdoor Ministry Philosophy
  • Organizational vision
  • What are mission, vision, goals
  • How to develop mission, vision, goals
  • Reviewing mission statement on a regular basis
  • How you use your mission to guide your program
  • Strategic planning (looking to the future, taking the vision and putting it into a plan, importance of strategic planning, how to do it, board’s role, executive’s role, what is a strategic plan, what is a master plan versus strategic plan)

Fiduciary Responsibilities and Legal Obligations (3.0)

  • Board’s responsibility in financial development
  • Financial reporting
  • Audits
  • Financial controls
  • Endowment policies
  • Gift acceptance policies
  • Insurance needs if the organization
  • Officer’s and director’s insurance
  • Legal counsel

Lutheran Theology (1.5)

  • Core Lutheran beliefs and doctrinal cornerstones (including: justification by grace through faith, the distinction between law and gospel, vocation – faith in daily life, organizational leader as the spiritual guide, Lutheran theology as the foundation for all of our programs and practices)

Diversity (1.0)

  • Define
  • Move beyond racial and cultural diversity to be inclusive of all people
  • Evaluate how diversity is valued in your organization – hiring practices, user populations

Lutheran Outdoor Ministry and Partnerships (.75)

  • Overview of Outdoor Ministries (LOM, partnership with congregations, synods, regions)
  • Partnerships and alliances (higher education, seminaries, ecumenical partners, fraternal organizations