Here are some comparisons between John Carver’s work and mine. First, let me say that I cut my eye teeth on the “Carver Model” in 1989 when he wrote his first book and I was transitioning out of leadership of a mission which I led in founding. I wanted to prepare the board I worked for to take the load of governance after acting as a cheerleader while I was there. We chose the Policy Governance Model and hired a consultant trained in that form of governance. I am very familiar with the PGM.
Carver is the grandfather of not-for-profit governance. His work has benefited thousands of churches and charities. It is still by far the most widely known and used governance model by a very wide margin. It is essentially a good approach. It should work for any church or charity. Here are some comparisons.
1. “All cars have four wheels.” the PGM and the RM both have policies as the basis of the model. Governance by definition requires policies because “Governance is the control and direction of an organization through policy, instead of through direct management.” Because Carver was first in any practical sense, he had the liberty of naming his model the Policy Governance Model. In reality all true governance models are policy governance models. Read more