This evening at dinner I was sitting with a friend who is helping coordinate the NEXT Church conference in Dallas in just a few weeks. (Not too late to register! 400+ and counting.) He was fiddling with his phone as we all ate and talked, and I found out he was receiving updates as people have begun registering for workshops. "14 people are registered for your workshop, MaryAnn." A few minutes later: "Now it's up to 20."
The workshop is called "Agile Church" and will be partly about our experience at Tiny Church. When I got there, we had nine elders and eleven committees, many of which were committees of one---or zero. We have moved to something that is messier and still nascent but hopefully more agile. And no committees. We will be reading and working with the agile manifesto, mining this business/software development resource for wisdom in how we do our work as a church community. It's not all directly translatable, but I contend that much of it is.
But I need your help. I also want to talk about other churches that have moved beyond outdated bureaucratic structures into other models that are more effective and life giving.
Do you have ideas to share?
Do you know someone I should be talking to?
Failures and challenges are important to hear about as well. I especially need to hear from folks in larger churches. Are committees the worst structure except for all the others? Or can large churches also move beyond the committee?
Comment here or e-mail me at maryannmcdana at gmail dot com. I'd be grateful, and I know those 20 people (and counting?) will be thankful too.