Upcoming Workshops

Board Leadership Development
SC Lutheran Retreat Centers
Leesville-Batesburg, South Carolina
Board Leadership Development
Green Lake Lutheran Ministries
Spicer, Minnesota
Lutheran Campus Ministry
Columbia, South Carolina
Board Leadership Development
Luther Crest
Alexandria, Minnesota
Board Governance Workshop
LOM Conference
Lake Junaluska, North Carolina
Board Governance Workshop
Crossroads, New Jersey
Executive Leadership Transition
Lutherans Outdoors
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Strategic Planning
Shades Valley Lutheran Church
Birmingham, Alabama
Board Leadership Development
Camp Tomah Shinga
Junction City, Kansas
Board Leadership Development
Voyageurs Lutheran Ministry
Grand Rapids, Minnesota
Board Leadership Development
LOM Conference
New Braunfels, Texas
Board Leadership Development
Mt. Cross Lutheran Ministries
Felton, California

A Personal Word from Keith

Keith Johnson, Board Coach

God has enriched my life beyond measure through my 43 years of service with Lutheran Outdoor Ministries. After my "retirement" on December 31, 2017, I began a period of prayerful discernment to determine how I might continue to use my gifts, experience and abilities to serve Christ and support the church and outdoor ministries.

Together with my discernment is my conviction that there is no more important challenge for outdoor ministries and the church in today's increasingly complex and rapidly changing world than to train and empower outstanding leaders. Equally important to training outstanding executives and staff, is the challenge to train and equip boards.

I am launching "The Board Coach," a spiritually based consulting initiative to train and develop camp boards and congregation councils to help them continue to thrive in the future. One of my strengths over the years has been identifying, training and supporting board members and developing visionary boards. I believe that I can help camp boards and congregation councils to do the same.

Available Services

Board Leadership Development

Just as camp boards and congregation councils invest in education to enhance the effectiveness of staff and pastors, it is equally important for camps and congregations to invest in board and council leadership training and development. Keith has the experience to challenge individuals in their personal commitment and stewardship and the expertise to help boards strengthen their partnership and overall effectiveness. Click on each workshop listed below for details and rates...

Strategic Planning

Camps and congregations can greatly benefit from a formalized road map to guide them into the future; (where they are going and how they will get there). Keith has designed a process with the following three components:

  1. Assessment & Analysis - of the current situation, context for ministry and SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats)
  2. Strategic Visioning Retreat - mission, vision, unique advantage and goals
  3. Strategic Plan – objectives, action plans and key performance indicators

Executive Leadership Transitions

Many boards experience some pain when faced with the departure of their executive director. Their first instinct is to make the pain go away as quickly as possible but acting hastily can create more problems than it solves. Keith will provide the tools that boards need to manage the leadership transition and provide a successful outcome for both the ministry and new executive director.

Board and Staff Consultations

The relationship between the board and executive is vitally important and the ministry is best positioned for success when there is a shared vision for the future. There is the paradox that the executive serves as leader, but the board retains final responsibility. Keith will work with the board and executive to develop a dynamic partnership, to create a culture of accountability and shared leadership. Click on each workshop listed below for details and rates...

Governance Audits

Keith will review your organization's governing structure, job descriptions and related governance practices and policies. He will use a matrix to profile your board members and analyze their gifts and abilities, support and involvement, and provide suggestions for ways to enhance performance and effectiveness. He also has an extensive dossier of governance resources. Reduced rates are offered for off-site audits.

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Why Consider Keith Johnson as "Your Board Coach?"


Keith excelled at developing dynamic and top-notch boards for small and large camps and is experienced as a workshop leader.

  • 2010 | Three-day Board Governance Workshop for executives and board members at Green Lake Lutheran Camp, Minnesota. Taught in partnership with Mark Burkhardt, ELCA churchwide
  • 2012 | Three-day Board Governance Workshop for executives and board members at LOM Executive Leadership Conference, Bethel Horizons, Wisconsin. Taught with two LLMI board members
  • 2015 | Two one-hour Board Governance Workshops at LOM National Conference, Lutheridge, North Carolina and Board Governance 101 at LOM’s Leadership Training Event
  • 2017 | Five-hour Board Governance Workshop (Board Governance 101, Fund Raising and Generative Thinking) at Agape-Kure Beach Ministries, North Carolina

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Geographic Diversity

Financial Strength

Keith was successful in raising over $35 million in his 43 years of service with Lutheran Outdoor Ministries. He is experienced with annual fund giving, special gift efforts, capital campaigns and planned giving emphasis. Keith will help you create a culture of generous giving by board and staff that permeates the entire ministry.


Keith uses a partnership approach that focuses on strengthening the relationship between the board and executive, so that both feel empowered and valued as leaders. The process used in decision making is very important so that both board and staff are comfortable with and have ownership of decisions.

Keith's Pledge

I am convinced that board governance workshops can help to transform boards that are struggling and to improve strong boards, as well as to strengthen the relationship between the board and executive. I will do whatever I can to make your consultation successful. Please don't let a lack of finances stand in the way. I will partner with you and your board to make it work.

The Board Coach is a LOM Ministry Partner

Keith joins Don Johnson, Executive Director of Luther Outdoor Ministries (LOM), on the LOM podcast to share a little history and some insight into building Successful Outdoor Ministry Boards. Listen in below: