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Second-Tier Leadership


By Anna Marx

This post is 3rd in a series on Accomplishments and Lessons Learned, a cumulative report demonstrating 5 years of evaluation and research about the Coalition of Innovating Congregations. The report is available online and for download at innovatingcongregations.org/all.

Moses’ father-in-law said to him,

The thing you are doing is not right; you will surely wear yourself out, and these people as well. For the task is too heavy for you; you cannot do it alone.

Exodus 18:17

We often think of change coming about with one charismatic leader. But the truth is, one person cannot do it alone; the task is too heavy. In the last five years, Coalition congregations have changed the way leadership works. They have added second tiers of leadership. They have empowered teacher-leaders to bring innovative learning to our families and brought collaborative teams of professional and lay leaders to create bold visions.

By collecting what we call “tracking data,” we have been able to learn that congregations have expanded their leadership teams over time (read the full report innovatingcongregations.org/resources/second-tier-leadership/). On average, these teams have doubled in size. Our educators know that the task is too heavy. They are not doing it alone anymore.



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