Who To Choose (EDITed) (add wksht)
The people you choose for your board of advisors should have a track record of success in areas other than your area of strength.
In fact, you should specifically look for people who have strengths in areas that you are weak in.
Ministry leaders are often highly trained when it comes to faith, interpreting the bible, managing teams, etc.
They also tend to have little if any formal training in law, finance, investing, security, business, etc.
Think about all of the areas you and your team could do better in, and find someone who has already gotten those results in their life.
Only invite people who have created the RESULT you desire to be a part of your advisory board.
Everyone has an opinion, but most opinions are wrong.
In the same way you should never ask someone who is obese for dieting advice, never ask someone who doesn’t have the desired result to help guide you toward it.
Doing that is a sure way to get bad advice.
Find a well-established attorney to give legal advice. Find a wealthy businessman or investor to give financial advice.
Recruit The Very Best
Even among people trained in specific fields of knowledge, there are those with more experience and those with less experience.
Make it your ministry’s mission to find people that are the very best at what they do to advise your team.
The difference between good and the best is like the difference between a police officer and a special forces operator. While a police officer may have received basic training on risk assessment of buildings, a special forces operator has spent their entire career finding the most efficient way to analyze the security of their target building.
Now, you might be asking – why would the best want to advise us? Surely they have better things to do.
Contrary to expectations, the best will usually be excited to share their experience and we will delve into the reason why later.
For now, follow the steps below to start your advisory board:
Step 1: Make a list of the areas in your ministry where you would want advice.
Step 2: Brainstorm people who might be a good fit for each advisory board position. You can also write down people who might know the people you need.
Step 3: Work with your ministry team to come up with a schedule for what date and time the advisory board will meet up each month.
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