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Board Ethics Sample Policy

The board commits itself and its members to biblical, ethical, business-like, and lawful conduct, including proper use of authority and appropriate decorum when acting as board members.

  1. Members must have loyalty to the ministry as a whole, not conflicted by loyalties to staff, other organizations, and any personal interest as a beneficiary.

  2. Members must avoid conflicts of interest with respect to their fiduciary responsibilities.

    1. There will be no self-dealing or business by a board member with the organization. Board members will annually disclose their involvements with other organizations, with vendors, or any associations that might be or might reasonably be seen as being a conflict.

    2. When the board is to decide upon an issue about which a member has an unavoidable conflict of interest, that member shall recuse himself or herself without comment from not only the vote, but also from the deliberation.

    3. Board members will not use their board position to obtain employment or financial support in the organization for themselves, family members, or close associates. Should a board member apply for employment or financial support, he or she must first resign from the board.
  3. Board members may not attempt to exercise individual authority over the organization.

  1. Board members’ interaction with the Chief Executive Officer/Executive Director/President (or person holding a similar position) or with staff must recognize the lack of authority vested in individual board members except when explicitly board authorized.

  2. Board members' interaction with public, press, or other outside entities must recognize the same limitation and the inability of any board member to speak for the board except to repeat explicitly stated board decisions.

  3. Except for participation in board deliberation, board members will not express individual judgments of performance of employees of the Chief Executive Officer/Executive Director/President (or person holding a similar position).
  1. Board members will respect the confidentiality appropriate to issues of a sensitive nature.

  2. Board members will be properly prepared for board deliberation.

  3. Board members will financially contribute to the organization during the year and introduce friends who may be interested in contributing to the ministry.

  4. Board members commit themselves corporately and individually to holding the biblical convictions contained in the organization’s Statement of Faith.

  5. Board members are expected to conduct themselves in both public and private life in such a way that honors God and favorably reflects on the ministry.

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This text is provided with the understanding that ECFA is not rendering legal, accounting, or other professional advice or service. Professional advice on specific issues should be sought from an accountant, lawyer, or other professional.

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