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Board Leadership & Development Program

The Murdock Trust Board Leadership and Development Program equips nonprofit Christian organizations to fulfill their unique missions as they build board and staff capacity. The training also helps organizations identify the strategic steps and benchmarks needed to create a sustainable future, and emphasizes four phases of board recruitment: cultivation, recruitment, orientation and engagement.

Participating organizations receive insight, tools and templates for inspiring both their current and future board members to become more effective in their board governance roles and responsibilities. Learn more about the seminar coaches and download past Board Leadership and Development resources below.

Please review the Board Leadership and Development fact sheet, and if you’re interested in participating in this program, please email Mary Hill.


  • Three Hats” – Article by John Pearson (PDF)
  • 7 Foundations of Board Effectiveness” – Article by Ed McDowell (PDF)
  • Becoming a Leader of No Reputation” – Article by R. Scott Rodin (PDF)
  • Managing the Relationship Between the Board Chair, the Chief Executive Officer and the Chief Development Officer” – Article by R. Scott Rodin (PDF)
  • “Along the Road – Article by Terry Stokesbary (PDF)

For more information, check out the Roles and Responsibilities of a Board.

Meet the Coaches

Ron King – Read his bio

Ron King

Ron has extensive experience in both the business and nonprofit sectors. For the past twenty years Ron led Western Family Foods as its CEO, as well as serving in a number of leadership positions on nonprofit boards. Ron graduated from Washington State University and the Stanford Executive Program.

Paula Kinney – Read her bio

Strong and effective leadership has been the hallmark of Dr. Paula Kinney’s career. Dr. Kinney has been an educator for over 35 years, as a teacher, principal, district school administrator and adjunct professor. In addition, she has provided management and leadership training to organizations across the country, as well as, in Korea and Japan.

Ed McDowell – Read his bio

Ed has been the executive director of Warm Beach Christian Camps and Conference Center, Stanwood, Wash., since 1995. Warm Beach serves more than 90,000 guests per year. Previous to 1995, Ed served five years as dean of student development at Central College in McPherson, Kan., and three years as senior pastor of First Free Methodist Church in Denver, Colo.

Scott Rodin – Read his bio
Scott Rodin Portrait 007 Scott has a passion for helping Christian ministry leaders take a biblical approach to leadership development, strategic planning, board development and raising kingdom resources. Over the past 30 years he has worked with hundreds of organizations in the U.S., Canada, Middle East, Great Britain, China, India, the Philippines and Australia.

Kim Triller – Read her bio

Kim Triller 2017

Kim has been the executive director of Care Net Pregnancy & Family Services of Puget Sound, in Washington State, since 1994.  Offering life-affirming assistance at seven Pregnancy Medical and Family Service Centers in Pierce and King Counties, Care Net of Puget Sound has helped well over 240,000 individuals through a variety of programs, services and referrals.

2019 Resources

Download the Book:

  • Murdock Trust Board Leadership Book (1 of 2): PDF
  • Murdock Trust Board Leadership Book (2 of 2): PDF

Digital Tools & Templates:

  • Introduction: PDF
  • Board Policies Manual: .docx
  • Prime Responsibilities Chart: .docx
  • CEO Monthly Report: PDF
  • CEO Annual SMART Goals: .docx
  • Quarterly Board Meeting: .docx
  • Board Nominee Orientation Binder: .docx
  • Board Member Annual Affirmation: .docx
  • Job Descriptions: .docx
  • Trend Spotting Exercise: PDF
  • StrengthFinder Tool: .xlsx
  • StrengthFinder Themes: PDF
  • Rolling 3-Year Strategic Plan Placemat: .docx
  • Board Annual Evaluation of CEO: PDF
  • Sample 360 CEO Evaluation by Board: PDF
  • Read Reflect Worksheets: .docx
  • Board Self Assessment Survey: PDF| Sample: PDF
  • Theology of Development Template: .docx
  • Board Matrix Sample: .xlsx

Other Resources (additional handouts and recommendations)