Seven Implications of Decentralization in Churches

Episode #184
December 18, 2015
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Podcast Episode #184

We discuss a recent post on the decentralization of facilities and leadership. At the core of these changes is a desire to move away from centralization. And this trend may be one of the most significant trends of the American church in a century. So today, we share seven profound implications of this trend.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • We have to be training our church leaders more in leadership competencies.
  • Unfortunately many of our church leaders and pastors have been trained well in theology but not practical ministry.
  • If a church is dying, it needs significant change. It basically needs to become a different church.
  • Ten years from now, multisite churches will be as common as multi-service churches.
  • I have never seen a church over-communicate.
  • In a multisite or multi-service church, you must have a consistent DNA across the sites and services.

The seven implications of decentralization in churches are:

  1. Potential polity and procedural changes
  2. Congregational adaptation
  3. Functional choices of decentralization
  4. New sub classifications of churches due to shifts in preaching models
  5. Greater need for greater communication
  6. Learning how to “transfer DNA”
  7. New financial realities

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