The GFM Board of Directors will support the work of Global Frontier Missions and provide mission-based leadership and strategic governance. While day-to-day operations are led by Global Frontier Missions’ executive director (ED) and the GLT (Global Leadership Team), the Board-ED-GLT relationship is a partnership, and the appropriate involvement of the Board is both critical and expected.
Qualifications of a GFM Board Member
This is an extraordinary opportunity for individuals who are passionate about GFM’s mission to see the Gospel taken to the remaining unreached people groups of the earth and who have a track record of non-profit involvement and/or leadership expertise. His/her accomplishments will allow him/her to attract other well-qualified, high-performing board members as well.
Ideal candidates will have the following qualifications:
- Godly Character/Servanthood – A passion for Christ and a desire to see Him be the Lord of every area of his/her life is mandatory. We are looking for people full of integrity, credibility, humility, good reputation, and teachability similar to the qualifications of an elder in 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1. GFM board members need to understand that leadership is first and foremost servanthood. Rather than using this position of influence to lord over others, the board is committed first and foremost to serve GFM’s leadership, staff, and beneficiaries. “The greatest among you is the servant of all!”
- Missions Experience – Short, mid, or long-term domestic or overseas missions experience is preferable and an understanding of cross-cultural matters and community development (such as “When Helping Hurts”) principles is desirable. Having participated in one of GFM’s programs (short-term mission trip, summer internship, missionary training) would be helpful. We can give you a two hour “Global Missions Tour” at one of our bases if you haven’t already seen the ministry firsthand!
- Skilled – Just as God sought skilled people to build the temple, we are looking for people with extensive professional experience and significant executive leadership accomplishments in business, government, philanthropy/fundraising, or the nonprofit sector; we are specifically looking for people that have skills in one or more of the following areas: Investment/Real Estate, Finance/Accounting (CPA), Small Business Operations/Marketing/Advertising/PR/Franchising, Insurance/Liability/Law, Non-profit Governance, and Spiritual Leadership.
- Team Player/Collaborator – Savvy diplomatic skills and a natural affinity for cultivating relationships and persuading, convening, facilitating, and building consensus among diverse individuals is helpful. We need people that can rise above personal bias, respectfully express frank and honest opinions, judge an idea on its own merit, and work in concert building trust and unity with other board members and volunteers while showing honor and respect to all of those involved.
- Visionary – We are looking for people that can cast the GFM vision well to help recruit more volunteers to get involved with their time, treasure, and talent. We need visionary leaders full of faith and willing to take some risk and seek creative, outside-the-box solutions as we prepare the organization for further growth and multiplication to impact nations.
GFM’s Board Members will serve a three-year term and then be eligible for re-appointment with one additional three-year term.
Board meetings will be held quarterly (January, April, July, October) on the second Saturday of that month and committee meetings will be held in coordination with full board meetings when necessary. Members must attend at least two of the board meetings in person and two can be attended virtually each year.
Service on GFM’s Board of Directors is without remuneration and travel expenses are the responsibility of each member as part of their contribution to the organization.
Board of Directors Responsibilities – Leadership, Governance and Oversight
The Global Frontier Missions board is legally responsible for all activities of the organization. Board Member responsibilities include:
- Serving as a trusted advisor and supporting the executive director (ED) and the Global Leadership Team (GLT) as they develop and implement GFM’s strategic plan as well as helping the organization stay aligned to its mission and purpose.
- Reviewing outcomes and metrics for evaluating GFM’s impact, and regularly measuring its performance and effectiveness for different programs using those metrics including the performance of the Executive Director and Global Leadership Team.
- Securing adequate resources (financial, human, and material) for the organization to fulfill its mission. Helping to recruit staff members, being involved in fundraising when necessary, and helping find in-kind gifts or discounted services that will help further the mission.
- Protecting GFM’s assets and reviewing the budget and financial statements while also helping make larger business and investment decisions.
- Being informed of and helping GFM meet all legal obligations, make ethical decisions, and abide by best practices for non-profit organizations.
- Assisting the ED and board chair in identifying and recruiting other board members by screening possible candidates, orienting new members, and comprehensively evaluating their own performance periodically.
- Enhancing GFM’s public standing by representing the organization to stakeholders, acting as an ambassador for GFM, and articulating our mission, accomplishments and goals to garner support from the community.
- Partnering with the ED and other board members to determine major policies and ensure that board resolutions are carried out.
- Abstaining from any actions that might lead to a “conflict of interest”.
- Serving occasionally on committees or task forces and taking on special assignments.
Board of Director Commitment
- Prayer – Prayer is of utmost priority for Global Frontier Missions and we want that to be true of all staff members and the board alike. If we want the Lord’s continued blessing in this ministry, then everything we do should come out of an abiding relationship with Him since apart from Him, we can do nothing. We ask board members to commit to praying one hour per week for GFM leadership, staff, and programs as well as seeking first the kingdom of God by bathing all decisions we are making as a board in prayer and occasional fasting. The board will receive GFM’s “Monday minutes” that include all of the testimonies and prayer requests for the week and can use those as a prayer guide for the organization.
- Meetings – Be punctual in attendance and provide valuable insight during all board meetings; Review the agenda and supporting materials prior to board and committee meetings. Board meetings are on the second Saturday of each quarter (Jan, Apr, July, Oct) from 10am-12pm and two must be attended in person while two can be attended virtually each year.
- Recruitment – One of GFM’s core values is empowerment and reproduction. Just as our staff is dedicated to constantly working themselves out of a job and making disciples that make disciples, we ask that every board member recruit at least one other board member during your tenure and “disciple” them into what it means to be a board member for GFM to take your place.
- Finances/Fundraising – Global Frontier Missions Board Members will consider GFM a philanthropic priority and make annual gifts that reflect that priority. So that GFM can credibly solicit contributions from foundations, organizations, and individuals, we need one hundred percent of the board members to make a commitment to “give or get” an annual contribution of $5000 meaning that they will personally give that amount or help raise that money through their relational networks via fundraisers, gifts in-kind, one time or monthly donations, etc.
- Time – Approximately four hours per month are required for reading weekly updates from GFM, responding to occasional questions via phone or email with the ED or GLT, etc. There may be occasional “homework” where a board member or small task force may research insurance options, look into legal obligations, help find the best financing option to purchase real estate, etc.
- An application must be submitted in person, online, or via mail.
- A follow up interview with one of the board members or the executive director in person or via phone will follow that.
- A recommendation will be made to the rest of the board for approval.
- In invitation to join at the next board meeting or at the beginning of the next year will be extended.
Thank you for considering this opportunity to use your gifts, talents, and resources to come alongside of Global Frontier Missions as we look to mobilize, train, and multiple laborers among the unreached!