Church Governance and Right Sizing Part 11 min read

How do we make decisions that are in the best interest of our congregations? Michigan District, LCMS President, Rev. David A. Davis, and Director of Leadership Development, Rev. Dr. Rob Kasper, talk about the best practices for church governance in part 1 of a 3-part series.

Part 1 | Part 2

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The video of this podcast is available at

Check out Jim Galvin’s book, Maximizing Board Effectiveness: A Practical Guide for Effective Governance:

Contact Rev. Dr. Rob Kasper, Michigan District, LCMS Director of Leadership Development – email

Contact Rev. David A. Davis, Michigan District, LCMS President – email


Nancy Teets - January 24, 2024

First, I appreciate these conversations. There is always something to be learned. Also, they are often very encouraging. Our congregation has twice voted between these two governing models, once when we worshipped over 200 each week and now when we worship less than 100. We have stayed with the Abdon model, however we do not find it unwieldy. We have 7 board chairpersons and three officers, all elected. Our constitution gives authority to these boards for almost everything, and they work efficiently in their area of ministry, meeting as a council once a month to look at the big picture and see how each ministry fits into it.
When we were a larger congregation and had a strong pastor and staff I voted for the Policy-based model. In a recent vote I voted for the other. I’m looking forward to hearing your new idea in the next podcast.