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The New Structure of Leadership: Pyramids vs. Circles

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THIS EPISODE

Have you ever tried to roll a triangle? Circles make better wheels than pyramids do. This analogy is a clue for movement thinking. Within the new wineskin, the circle is the fractal for structure, a community of interdependence that is open and reproducing.

Pyramids are closed systems with CEOs, managers, and workers. The circle, however, changes the leader’s role to that of a facilitator, catalyst, equipper, and coach. Movements are composed of many circles, or a fractal-like network of networks. Join us as we explore the structure of leadership in the new wineskin

THIS MINISERIES: MICROCHURCHES AND THE NEW WINESKIN OF LEADERSHIP

We are reimagining the Church as a decentralized network of multiplying missionaries and microchurches that fill a city or region with the fullness of Jesus. For most of us, that requires a shift from the centralized form of leadership that we’ve been using to a decentralized one.

Centralized
  • Churches look and feel like a pyramid. Hierarchies are built for control. Top-down leadership ultimately communicates, “We can do it; you can help.”
  • Power is collected, especially for the organization and a few at the top.
  • A few lead, and everyone else follows.
Decentralized
  • Authority and ownership are extended out to the edges, and those circles are reproduced.
  • Power is treated as a currency that is available to everyone. The goal is for everyone and every expression of the church to reach their maximum influence.
  • Everyone leads, and everyone follows.

This decentralized form of the Church requires a new wineskin: a culture of decentralized, polycentric leadership with flat structures. In this miniseries, we will dig into the source, structure, scorecard, speed, and skill of leadership in this new wineskin.

Featured Guests

Lance Ford
Co-Founder, Sentralized Conference

Featured Guests

Lance Ford
Lance is the co-founder of the Sentralized Conference. With over three decades experience as a pastor and church planter, he is a writer, coach, and consultant who has designed unique training systems currently being used by networks, seminaries, and leaders throughout the world. Lance holds a Masters Degree in Global Leadership from Fuller Theological Seminary and has written several books, including Next Door As It Is In Heaven and UnLeader. His newest book, The Starfish and The Spirit, is co-authored with Alan Hirsch and Rob Wegner.

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THIS EPISODE

Have you ever tried to roll a triangle? Circles make better wheels than pyramids do. This analogy is a clue for movement thinking. Within the new wineskin, the circle is the fractal for structure, a community of interdependence that is open and reproducing. Pyramids are closed systems with CEOs, managers, and workers. The circle, however, changes the leader’s role to that of a facilitator, catalyst, equipper, and coach. Movements are composed of many circles, or a fractal-like network of networks. Join us as we explore the structure of leadership in the new wineskin

THIS MINISERIES: MICROCHURCHES AND THE NEW WINESKIN OF LEADERSHIP

We are reimagining the Church as a decentralized network of multiplying missionaries and microchurches that fill a city or region with the fullness of Jesus. For most of us, that requires a shift from the centralized form of leadership that we’ve been using to a decentralized one.
Centralized
  • Churches look and feel like a pyramid. Hierarchies are built for control. Top-down leadership ultimately communicates, “We can do it; you can help.”
  • Power is collected, especially for the organization and a few at the top.
  • A few lead, and everyone else follows.
Decentralized
  • Authority and ownership are extended out to the edges, and those circles are reproduced.
  • Power is treated as a currency that is available to everyone. The goal is for everyone and every expression of the church to reach their maximum influence.
  • Everyone leads, and everyone follows.
This decentralized form of the Church requires a new wineskin: a culture of decentralized, polycentric leadership with flat structures. In this miniseries, we will dig into the source, structure, scorecard, speed, and skill of leadership in this new wineskin.

THIS EPISODE

Have you ever tried to roll a triangle? Circles make better wheels than pyramids do. This analogy is a clue for movement thinking. Within the new wineskin, the circle is the fractal for structure, a community of interdependence that is open and reproducing. Pyramids are closed systems with CEOs, managers, and workers. The circle, however, changes the leader’s role to that of a facilitator, catalyst, equipper, and coach. Movements are composed of many circles, or a fractal-like network of networks. Join us as we explore the structure of leadership in the new wineskin

THIS MINISERIES: MICROCHURCHES AND THE NEW WINESKIN OF LEADERSHIP

We are reimagining the Church as a decentralized network of multiplying missionaries and microchurches that fill a city or region with the fullness of Jesus. For most of us, that requires a shift from the centralized form of leadership that we’ve been using to a decentralized one.
Centralized
  • Churches look and feel like a pyramid. Hierarchies are built for control. Top-down leadership ultimately communicates, “We can do it; you can help.”
  • Power is collected, especially for the organization and a few at the top.
  • A few lead, and everyone else follows.
Decentralized
  • Authority and ownership are extended out to the edges, and those circles are reproduced.
  • Power is treated as a currency that is available to everyone. The goal is for everyone and every expression of the church to reach their maximum influence.
  • Everyone leads, and everyone follows.
This decentralized form of the Church requires a new wineskin: a culture of decentralized, polycentric leadership with flat structures. In this miniseries, we will dig into the source, structure, scorecard, speed, and skill of leadership in this new wineskin.

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