A while ago I read the book “To dream again”, which talks about helping churches come alive again. Some of the book would also be applicable to a church like St Paul’s, which is part of the wider Anglican Church. The author also discusses the health of churches and whether they are heading into a healthy or unhealthy direction. Here’s the way he the direction of a church as an organisation.
|Unhealthy direction||Healthy direction |
|The vision is owned by an elite few||The vision is owned by a broad base of members|
|Decision making is a top-level function only||Group participation in decision making is common practice|
|During crisis members withdraw and blame each other||Crisis unifies members|
|Territory is defended.||Leaders invite suggestions, feedback, and critique.|
|Leaders feel isolated and act alone.||A team atmosphere and shared|
responsibility are apparent.
|Members compete.||Members cooperate.|
|Personal needs are less important than organisational goals or vice versa.||Formal goals and personal needs are both treated as important.|
|Conflict is seen as sinful, destructive, and to be avoided.||Conflict is viewed as inevitable, constructive, and to be used for personal and organisation growth.|
|Innovation is surrendered to tradition.||Innovation and experimentation are low risk and encouraged.|
|Open disagreement is discouraged.||Agreement and disagreement are both|
acceptable and unhealthy disagreement is confronted.