The Well Managed Church
Early in our faith walk, my wife and I witnessed how a church’s leadership could actually hinder rather than advance church growth. We began to search for a leadership structure that would allow leaders to lead, while providing checks and balances to protect congregations from runaway leaders. We found a great model within Victory Churches International.
Well Managed Churches have a Healthy Government Structures
The Apostle Paul drew a direct comparison between the human body and the church. “The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ” (1 Cor 12:12 NLT). Like a human body with its diversity of parts and systems, a well managed church needs its component parts harmoniously working together to function, grow and thrive!
“The governmental structure of a church functions in much the same way as a skeleton within a body.”
The governmental structure of a church functions in much the same way as a skeleton within a body. Without the proper support of a skeleton, running, sitting or any type of movement is difficult.
All parts of the body are connected or supported by the skeletal structure. In the same way the governmental or leadership structure of a church connects, supports and promotes the healthy functionality of the church.
Another biblical metaphor to given to understand the church is marriage and consequently, the family unit. As stated in Ephesians 5:31-32 “A man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one. This is a great mystery, but it is an illustration of the way Christ and the church are one.” This comparison gives further insight into healthy church leadership.
In some church leadership models, the Congregation or Board are the authority. To me this is akin to the kids having the authority in a family! Imagine a dad leading a family in a direction they didn’t like
With the purchase of a new vehicle and a motorbike, P. Daniel Lepcha is reaching the unreached in West Bengal, Nepal and Bhutan.
(for example: limiting video games, or asking for clean bedrooms), would it be appropriate for the kids to vote in a new dad? Of course not, but in some churches that is exactly the dysfunctional structure present. The dad (pastor) is not free to stand in the responsibility he has been given to lead the family.