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Learning From Mars Hill: Who Pilots Your Church?

Why quiet governance changes run the risk of eroding congregational trust.

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In recent years, a growing number of churches have contemplated changing the governance structures contained in their bylaws. For practical reasons, these changes have often moved those structures from ones where voting rights for key decisions reside with members of the congregation to ones where that authority exclusively rests in the hands of a group of elders or the church's board. To some church leaders, the changes make sense because they can reduce burdens and create efficiencies. But as Christianity Today's podcast The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill powerfully demonstrates, significant problems can arise in a church when a move to consolidate decision-making power occurs with little or no warning to the church's members.

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  • April 8, 2022