A Systems Approach to the Office of Deacon

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In her book, Thinking in Systems, Donella Meadows (author of The Limits to Growth, a bestselling and widely translated book) discusses how to use feedback loops to make certain  the connections between the parts of our systems work well so that the whole system  works as intended. In our church systems we also need to pay more attention to insuring the parts of our structure that are intended to support our churches in all aspects of mission are functioning well. This article offers several resources for church leaders to look at their structure so that the vision and mission of the church is accomplished well. The article first appeared in the Summer newsletter issue of For Deacons.

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