Policy Governance
Article V of the By-Laws of Eliot Unitarian Chapel directs the the Board of Trustees to use a policy governance model to provide general direction. Policy Governance defines and guides appropriate relationships between an organization's owners, its Board of Trustees, and its Chief Executive Officer (in our case, Lead Minister).  It provides a clear differentiation between means and ends responsibilities.

The board exists to properly empower others, which means to define the results to be achieved by the organization (ends), and define what would be considered unacceptable in terms of ethics and prudence (executive limitations). The board delegates the job of achieving its ends within the parameters defined in policy to the Lead Minister. To complete the delegation, the board regularly monitors performance to uphold accountability of the Lead Minister.

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Last Published: July 1, 2017 11:23 AM