Has Your Church Restructured Your Governance Model?


Hello Friends! Over the past couple of years, we've had diaconates reach out to us seeking ways they can do ministry better. Many are longing to do this in order to achieve better communication and more collaboration among ministries, as well as increased effectiveness in all areas of the church. One way some churches feel this can be accomplished is by revamping their governance structure - ie. the way their Church Council functions. It's no secret that some churches have gotten away from the "traditional" model and begun restructuring their Church Councils in new and exciting ways! 

So! We want to hear what YOUR church has done!

  • Have you increased or decreased the number of elders and/or deacons in your church?
  • Does your church still have Deacons?
  • Do your Elders and Deacons primarily work separately or have you found ways to partner them up?
  • Have you hired staff to carry out the tasks of council members?

Would you be willing to share it with us? If so, please comment below or on our Facebook page, or contact Tammy, our Eastern Canada Ministry Developer, directly—she'd love to hear from you! She can be reached by email at [email protected] or by phone at 800-730-3490 x4304.

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Last year, we moved away from a lots system, where we found twice as many nominees as were needed, and we identified individuals who were gifted and willing to serve as elders and deacons and asked the congregation to approve them all, individually, by ballot.  We also shifted all administrative business away from the council to and administrative committee and reduced the council agenda to two items, the growth of faith of the individuals of our church, and the development of a 4-step vision for our church as a whole. Everything on the council agenda needed to clearly relate to these two items, and nothing more. We also reduced the number of council meetings to 6 per year, meeting every other month, so that we wouldn't burn out our leaders. We have rediscovered an energy and passion for ministry as we made these changes, though we are still in a season of uncertainty as we adapt. 

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Thank you so much for sharing this Gary! We completely agree change can be hard and uncertain at times but usually necessary and ultimately for the better of everyone! Blessings as you continue on this journey.