12 Marks of a Healthy Board
Western Seminary

12 Marks of a Healthy Board

This course focuses on the structure, interaction, and ministry of the church board.

At a Glance

In Twelve Marks of a Healthy Board, Bert Downs, John Johnson, and David Jones discuss characteristics that are essential in choosing board members and structuring how they interact together. They also describe how the board should minister to the staff and congregation and prayerfully lead by articulating a vision.


1.5 hours

More Details

Organized in a multiple lesson format, the course provides video lectures from a panel discussion, lesson notes and quizzing modules.

Course Outline

  • Lesson 1: Roles, Responsibilities and Focus
  • Lesson 2: Selecting, Evaluating and Supplying Resources
  • Lesson 3: Collaboration, Accountability, Discipline and Families


What do I need to take this course?
You will need an Internet connection and a Bible.

Who is this course for?
This course is for those who like to better understand how to organize and have a board minister more effectively.


Bert Downs
Dr. Bert Downs

Dr. Bert Downs is the Chancellor and former long-time President of Western Seminary. Bert is also the former General Director of the Southwest Church Connection of the Conservative Baptist Association, and serves as a teacher, and consultant for ministries around the nation.

David Jones
Dr. David Jones

David Jones is Vice President of Corporate Affairs and CFO of the Luis Palau Evangelistic Association, and Executive Director of the Palau Foundation for World Evangelization. He has also served on many ministry boards including "Need Him Global" and "SAT7."

John Johnson
Dr. John Johnson

Dr. Johnson is Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology at Western Seminary and lead pastor at Village Baptist Church in Beaverton, Oregon. Dr. Johnson is a M.Div. and Th.M. graduate of Western Seminary and earned his Ph.D. from Dallas Theological Seminary in Dallas, Texas.