The Siburt Institute for Church Ministry exists to serve our ministry partners faithfully, creatively and effectively. Our mission is to promote constructive and collaborative relationships between churches and Abilene Christian University.

Historically, ACU has valued its partnership with churches and has sought to honor that essential relationship by serving churches and church leaders in a variety of ways.


April 2017 e-news

Who Decides Who Decides? Developing an Action Plan 

Elders and ministry staff can easily get sideways with each other when it comes to who decides who decides. Clear decision-making processes are vital for healthy leadership, and having written guidelines can help. However, the conversations that help set guidelines can often become complex!

Adapting the research of Richard Chait, I offer some concrete criteria as a guide for your context. Utilizing trust and being intentional about placing decision-making responsibility and authority in appropriate arenas, empowers leaders and congregations to more fully pursue God’s mission.

First, I want to suggest that three basic choices exist for a leadership team to determining who decides who decides.

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