Becoming a Committee Member

Building an effective board/committee requires much prayer and wisdom to bring together the right combination of gifted and talented people. Recruitment begins with a vision—the ability to see what God wants to do through the board/committee.

When seeking board/committee members:

  • Review board/committee member qualifications (see 400.1.1), responsibility (see 300.1.8), and board/committee membership (see 200.2.1) before developing a list of prospects.
  • Meet with the prospect to share the vision of the board/committee and responsibilities of a member. Ask him to prayerfully consider serving.
  • If the prospect agrees to consider serving:
    • Give him a copy of the Board and Committee Overview and Questionnaire (from CEF Press or on the USA download site), and ask them to fill it in and return.
    • Invite him to attend the next board/committee meeting as an observer and to give his testimony.
  • If the prospect agrees to serve:
    • Send a copy of the prospect's completed questionnaire to each member prior to the interview. Information on this questionnaire is confidential.
    • Interview the prospect at the next meeting (see R-37). This interview allows the board/committee to further question the prospect and make the final decision whether or not to accept him as a member.
    • (state boards) Vote to receive the prospect as a board member. While a majority vote is usually required, in cases where there is much dissension, postponement of the election would be wise until the dissension is resolved.
    • (local chapter committees) Vote to accept the prospect contingent upon the approval of the state board. While a majority vote is usually required, in cases where there is much dissension, postponement of the election would be wise until the dissension is resolved.
  • Recommended committee members will be presented to the state board. State boards must vote to approve new local chapter committee members or must delegate approval authority to the state director, in which case the state director will notify the board at the next meeting and document the new committee member in the minutes of the state board meeting.
  • The state board secretary shall add the new committee member's name and contact information to the master list.