Drew Goodmanson writes on missional eldership, contrasting invitational leadership to missional and the structures that facilitate the two environments.

“Traditional/Centralized forms of church government destroy a church’s mission. At Kaleo Church we continue to re-think the form of our church and our church’s ecclesiology for the sake of the gospel.

“..here are the reasons why we must re-consider traditional ‘CEO’ mentality churches shaped by Western ideas. Traditional/Central led churches will… (see Traditional Church Leadership diagram)

1. be limited by it’s leadership to be on mission. This is because of the top down leadership which is a vote/control/power position. The church creates a bottleneck where all decisions must go to the center to be processed by the few in order for action to take place.

2. significantly impair discipleship of their people. The church creates a substantial ‘pastor/leader’ and ‘laity’ distinction where the people are trained to function as second-tier Christians. Knowledge is centralized rather than teaching and sending people to make decisions and apply the gospel to diff’t situations.

3. have natural resistance to reach the margins of society. Being the beautiful mess taxes the leadership because they will take on the counseling load or other challenges brought on by being missional. It is easier to create a great family atmosphere where everyone is ok than invite broken people into the Kingdom.

4. cultivate consumeristic programs rather than equip people for transformation. Ministry must be program driven because Christians are not freed to apply the gospel to transform the city. Programs can only deal with problems, people on mission can transform a city.

In the second half of the post Drew paints the positive expression. It would be interesting to run Drew’s post through the lens of bounded set/centered set thinking a la Guder et al in Missional Church. Similarly, a variety of leadership thinking is reinforcing the need to move beyond hierarchical conceptions in the fluid environment of postmodernity where knowledge .. and initiative.. are distributed. Read more..