First published on this website in August 2009 and last updated in July 2017
These notes are written for larger churches that employ a staff team. In practice staff often act like a leadership team for the church, but is this right? They usually have high ability, daily involvement and form a close-knit team. But the church's Council or leadership group may find themselves acting as little more than a rubber stamp for decisions already taken.
The notes propose a better way forward, following the charity leadership model where there are two bodies (Trustees and staff) with distinct roles. One can stand back from the daily detail and consider the big picture. The other carries out the church's plan (with all the volunteers too), but also informs the Council in its decision-making.
Here is the link to this item: TN50 - Should the staff lead the church.pdf
These notes have been updated in July 2017 with minor amendments throughout the text.