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View Governance Pros and Cons

Governance Pros and Cons

February 3, 2006

BOARD

PROS
•  Inclusive with lots of involvement
•  High accountability
•  Stability even when paid staff changes
•  Many people involved with annual review  

CONS
•  Cumbersome*
•  Wearies and overwhelms staff
•  Layers of approval
•  Multiple levels of discussion
•  Fails to empower people gifted for ministry
•  Too open to conflict
•  Burdensome*
•  Too much time in institutional meetings* 

QUESTIONS
•  Could we modify so that Boards had more authority so no need to go to United Board

ISSUES/CONCERNS
•  None

COUNCIL

PROS
•  Smaller Decision Making Group
•  More efficient
•  Flexible
•  More representative style of government
•  Leadership is representative
•  Decisions made by those passionate and gifted about their areas
•  Two congregational meetings
•  Greater awareness
•  Good Coordination and Communication

CONS 
•  Lobbyist behavior
•  Rivalry between committees
•  Burdensome for Pastors
•  Feels more top down
•  Less flexibility than LT
•  Matching people with ministry and gifts
•  Still many meetings.
•  Not a visioning model
•  Nominating Committee  

QUESTIONS
•  Future of PRC
•  Status of Elder Board  

ISSUES/CONCERNS
•  Passion for all areas of ministry
•  Function of Nominating Committee
•  Loss of respect for history of church
•  Loss of control by body

LEADERSHIP TEAM

PROS
•  Efficient
•  Flexible
•  Move quickly
•  More stream-lined
•  Respond rapidly
•  Requires good decision making ability
•  Feels support up
•  Vision focus
•  More staff input to vision
•  Nobody expires
•  Need to choose people you trust
•  Allows ministry without unnecessary involvement in decisions
•  Big Picture Leaders  

CONS
•  Could lead to decisions that need to be reversed later.
•  Too few people taking over the church.
•  Too much power in too few voices
•  Possible overload for leadership team if members not keeping pace
•  Team Leads but does not do the ministries.
•  Nominating Committee critical
•  Overload team with too much responsibility. 

QUESTIONS
•  Future of PRC
•  Status of Elder Board  

ISSUES/CONCERNS
•  Future of PRC
•  Status of Elder Board
•  Function of Nominating Committee
•  Loss of respect for history of church
•  Busy does not equal productivity
•  Requires good decision makers
•  Passionate representatives for all areas
•  Loss of control


* General Comments:  Could we create so many by-laws and rules that we may wind up just as cumbersome as we are now? Members empowered by involvement in ministry; not by making decisions.


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