Having a “Joel Committee” is one way to make sure the leader is listening and the people are helping create the organization's vision.
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For churches seeking to engage in community ministry, it’s vital to get people out of the pews and into the community. Consultant Joy Skjegstad offers some ideas for leaders who seek to mobilize people by identifying their gifts and passions and offering opportunities to use those gifts.
There will be a “leveling out” in the future as the emphasis shifts from clergy, buildings and the white middle class to a more empowered lay leadership, a variety of venues and a more expansive view of “who God has called to be God’s people,” says the stated clerk of the PC(USA).