Training church board members should be a top priority for both biblical and practical reasons. First, the Bible mandates it. Ephesians 4:11-13 is a case in point. It articulates the Christian leader's responsibility to equip the rest of the body to do the work of the ministry. Second, training draws people together. Most church boards are made up of folks from widely divergent backgrounds. But a training program can provide everyone with common experiences and vocabulary, making communication easier. If training is done right, it can contribute to a beautiful partnership between pastor and board.