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Effective and faithful boards purposefully recruit, retain and retire members.

Effective and faithful boards have a rhythm of identifying, cultivating, on-boarding, and rotating.


  1. Relentless commitment to the cause
  2. champions who are growing in the cause
  3. Diversity of backgrounds, skills and interests

Determine your ideal board construction


ALL board members should:
  • Have a commitment to the full mission of the organization
  • Have an active walk with Jesus Christ
Bring at least one of YOUR pre-defined areas of expertise, such as:
  • Organizational finance
  • Sociology/psychology of primary beneficiaries
  • Nonprofit law
  • CEO/Former CEO of similar organization
  • Living among primary beneficiaries
  • Fundraising

Board Recruitment Brainstorm Guide

PURPOSE: This tool is designed to function as a guide for a board brainstorming process to be used during meeting(s) or a retreat to identify potential new board members.


Identify Needs: Identify the talents, connections, or insights your organization needs. Review the list of examples below and circle the needs that apply to your organizational context.

* These needs could be met through a board member, a non-board champion, or you may determine that this needs to be outsourced.
  • Business Connector
  • Business Leadership
  • Cause Subject Matter Expert
  • Church Liaison
  • Counseling
  • Events
  • Facilities
  • Finance
  • Fundraising
  • Governance
  • Higher Education
  • Human Resources Specialist
  • Legal
  • Programs Related Role(s)
  • Marketing / Social Media
  • Medical Services/Professional
  • Member of the Community you Serve
  • Ministry Relationships (PR & Community)
  • Missions
  • Product Developer
  • Retail/Thrift Store Owner
  • School District
  • SpiritualDirector
  • VolunteerManagement
  • Other


Identify Champion Groups: Using the chart on the next page (or draw a version of this chart on a big white board), write in the center circle the cause your ministry exists to serve as well as your signature solution(s). Next, consider groups of people within your current champion base that are connected to your cause and write in the outer circles.
Example: An organization that exists to alleviate poverty by providing after-school tutoring and educational support programs noticed groups of champions who are teachers, counselors, and police officers.


Identify Other Groups: Consider what other groups might be connected to your cause that aren’t yet represented in your champion base and write in the outer circles.
Example: In addition to groups listed in step 2, this board identified other groups of people who have a vested interest in the cause of poverty alleviation such as: local business leaders, housing authorities, and school board members.


Create a Pipeline: On the lines connected to each circle, add specific names of highly engaged people in your current champion base. Add names of people who are not current champions but could become highly engaged champions (with board potential) as you involve them. Cross reference these with the needs identified in step 1. Add these names to your pipeline list.


Create Plans: After identifying potential board members, develop a cultivation plan for each person you’ve identified that would lead them toward readiness to serve on the board.
Examples: Attend an SPP, volunteer, join a task force, have coffee with another board member.

Pipeline List Teamplate



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