Boards, especially in congregations with 100 or more members, find that delegating part of their fiduciary work to committees and/or task forces helps to free them up for big-picture and visionary discussions. The board reserves decision-making authority.
Standing Board Committees are defined in the board policies. Committees such as Governance, Finance, and Personnel develop and provide detailed expertise and distill information in their reports and recommendations to the board so that the board can make informed decisions in these areas.
Board Task Forces are created by a vote of the board for a specific project and limited period of time. Strategic Planning, Staff Search, Bylaws and Safety Assessment Task Forces are examples.
All committees and task forces should be given a charter, charge or other document communicating their role, tasks and what the board expects in the reports
(For standing committees defined in the congregation's bylaws, see Committees of the Congregation.)