I grapple with the question of how to implement both organic & organizational realities in our communal practice of faith while avoiding the control-based hierarchical models that oppose Christ's vision. Here's an idea I'm kicking around & could use some feedback on...
The INSTITUTION's at the bottom, not the top. It's primary task is to serve the team with leadership (vision-casting, championing core values, etc.) & support (resources, encouragement, accountability, etc.).
The TEAM relies on the institution but operates far beyond it. The team is the "Sunday morning" crowd. They are the congregation, the faithful worshipers, fellow soldiers on the journey toward receiving & sharing Christ's life.
The MISSIONAL MINISTRY flows from the team, not the institution. Ministry possibilities are only limited by the number of team members & the direction of their passion. Every missional ministry has two central aims: love & truth. 1) Love is about building family-style relationships; 2) truth is about leading people to Christ & His gospel.
The whole model is about building the team. While there are Christ followers still receiving "missional ministry", the goal is for them to take responsibility for their own growth & the transformation of others, thus effectively joining the team.
Waddayathink? How does this differ from what we see now?