Organisation and leadership in communities of faith
Organisation and Leadershipin Communities of Faith
Leadership Leadership is an exercise in power. Many people have mixed feelings about power because it is often abused, but power itself is good. There are many different types and styles of leadership, and different situations call for different types. No one style of leadership is better/worse than another. But different situations need different styles.
Leadership styles Authoritarian/autocratic - leader retains as much power and decision- making authority as possible Participative/democratic - encourages members to be a part of the decision making Delegative/free reign – leader provides little or no direction and gives employees as much freedom as possible Bureaucratic - everything must be done according to procedure or policy Consultative Enabling Charismatic Which styles are the most effective?
Which style of leadership is best? Tutor announces that the class is going to put on a play for parents. You are class captain and you have to let teacher know which play the class wishes to do. How do you make your decision? Lunchtime, you are with a group of friends. You see smoke coming from a press in the corner. What would you do? Your team is playing poorly. Manager points out that everyone wants to play in the same position. There is a course coming up called ‘Be versatile, learn to play any position in your team’. You are team captain, how do you go about getting team members to attend the course?
Catholic Church Pope Benedict XVI - official head of the worldwide Catholic Church Cardinals - Appointed by the pope Bishops- The local leader and shepherd who is entrusted with the care of the spiritual lives of Catholics Archbishops - the head of a particular province or region which includes several other dioceses Bishops Priests - an ordained priest who guides, governs, and cares for the needs of the parishioners in a given parish Religious Orders (Brothers/Nuns) - communities who have decided to dedicate their lives totally to Christ Laity/Parish - the faith-filled members of the parish
Presbyterian ChurchGoverning Structure Session - (Congregation) the pastors of the church and all elders Presbytery - all the congregations and ministers in a geographic area together with elders selected from each of the congregations Synod - Several presbyteries joined together, contains at least three presbyteries, and its membership includes both pastors and elders. General Assembly - the highest governing body, elects a moderator
What style of leadership do you associate with the Catholic Church?Hints The College of Cardinals elects the pope and assists the pope in his responsibilities. Together the pope and bishops share in the responsibility to lead the Church. A bishop is a priest who has been appointed by the pope to lead a particular diocese Cardinals are Appointed by the pope and assist the pope The archbishop along with the bishops of a province meet regularly to discuss issues and concerns the bishops gather annually or semi-annually to discuss issues and concerns of faith A pastor is usually an ordained priest guides, governs, and cares for the needs of the parishioners in a given parish The pastoral parish council is a trained group of lay leaders who work with the pastor,