An effective church board will do the following things well:
B -- Believe: Operate by faith rather than fear. Prayer for guidance is essential. When faced with a big challenge, what you do next reveals what you really believe about God.
O -- Optimize: Look for ways build up, strengthen and move forward. Focus on the possibilities, rather than the problems. No nit picking or circle spinning.
A -- Argue: Perhaps I should say "argue constructively." A good board is not just a bunch of rubber stampers. Nor should it be a collection of cantankerous cranks. On a healthy board, divergent viewpoints are encouraged and expressed positively. The best outcomes occur after the various perspectives are weighed. There's a way to disagree agreeably, keeping the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. Of course, this requires humility, love and understanding.
R -- Respond: Difficult issues come before every board. The quality of the board is displayed in how it responds to them with wisdom, compassion, courage, and faith.
D -- Decide: Whatever you do -- do something! Don't just flap your jaws. Refuse to be paralyzed by indecision and fruitless hashing. God has called you to make good decisions -- so gather the facts, make the best decision you can together, then support it and ACT on it.