Our church body is led by a group of servant leaders that we call uncreatively the "Leadership Team." The leadership team is made up of mostly non-staff folks and then a few staff leaders that work collaboratively to lead the church and make decisions. Currently the Leadership team has seven non-staff members and two staff members.
Our goal with the leadership team is not simply that they would run a corporate board, but instead would be a group of people that have risen up organically and are already leading at Communitas in prayer, service and discipleship.
There are a lot of ways to help organize a church, and many Christians have given a really good biblically informed rationale behind the way that their church is setup and each can work well when everything is going well and people are in prayer. There are three main ways you can do it: On the one side you have the bishop (Episcopal) led churches - with these you typically have somebody apostolic (aka the Apostle Paul) that helps lead your church from above. Groups that utilize this model are Catholics, Anglicans, Methodists and some others. On the far other end is the Congregational model in which the Congregation decides everything. Think of it as Roman direct democracy. In the middle is the Presbyterian (just the greek word for elder) model. This is how Communitas is run. We really like this model because with an Episcopal model of church you put a lot of power with one person. In a congregational model you subject to the whims of voting - it's really American, but can have its own troubles because you could get a group of folks who try to run things like a political system. In the Presbyterian model there is a really good system that deals with the problem of human sinfulness in that there are some checks and balances.
Leadership Team Members
We meet together at least once a month on the 3rd Tuesday of the Month. Please let us know if you'd ever like to look over our minutes or talk through the things that we are working on as a team.