Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Rethinking Congregational Organization

For the last few days, I've been thinking about how congregations are organized, specifically about officers, boards, and who can and cannot vote in meetings. For example, some LCMS congregations are set up so that any confirmed member can vote. Others are set up so that any confirmed member who is at least 18 years old can vote.

I had a stray thought the other day. It's probably been something that I've been mulling off and on (consciously or not) for at least six years. What if congregations were organized not at the individual level, but at the family level? Instead of each individual having one vote, each family has one vote? Instead of thinking about how big the church is in terms of individual members, we look at how many families belong to the congregation?

There are a number of implications that would need to be thought through, but my gut feeling is that, on balance, the family model would be a better setup than the individual model.