I have a lot of respect for Thom Rainer and read his blog regularly. This week, he totally nails the eight types of power groups in churches. The great thing about it is that these eight groups apply to all kinds of churches, regardless of ethnic makeup or denominational affiliation. Check it out:
From Rainer’s post (*=my commentary):
- Family owned and operated. I once served in a church where half of the deacons had the same last name. (*Been there!!!!!)
- Work-around warriors. This group forms when there is a power or ministry void.
- Benevolent dictators. Their desire is to use their influence for the good of the church as they can best discern.
- Formal alliances. They may be elders, members of the finance committee, deacons, or some other body of authority in the church. (*Deacon Board!!!!)
- Money managers. …their authority to call the financial shots can result in significant other sources of power in the church.
- Past-is-present protectors. The goal of this group is clear: fiercely defend the status quo. (*Man, don’t get me started!)
- Ministry militia. This power group is known for its fierce devotion to a particular ministry in the church.
- Network systems. There are one or more people in the church that have uncanny networking skills.
Read Thom’s entire post here.
Question: You guys know any of these power players in your church?