In Jim Collins classic book, Good-to-Great, he talks about using councils to help guide the organization. Councils should be made up of a group of the right people to discuss debate and make decisions about the operation of the organization. People selected to serve on councils should be those with knowledge, experience and a passion for the topic. These knowledge experts should be steered by the board and used to facilitate a decision making process that benefits the church.
Church councils should be chartered by the board and have someone assigned to facilitate the process. This facilitator should help the council identify a team, create a team charter, ground rules and team goals. By going through this process the team has some accountability and a set direction. Councils should meet on a regular basis and report back to the church board. (more…)