Insight 176: FaithSoaring Churches Balance Leadership and Ownership in Decision-Making

Congregations seeking to transform have worked out appropriate ways to balance decisions made by leaders and ownership felt by members and others connected with congregations. Often heard in every situation of life is that what is needed is leaders who lead. Does that necessarily mean that leaders make all the decisions? No.

It does mean an empowering system of leadership, decision-making, ownership, and action have been worked out. Often in a congregational transformation situation, more direct decisions need to be made by “top” leaders. This should not come to the exclusion of creating great ownership so there is appropriate followership.

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