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Two Major, Under-the-Radar Changes in American Churches

Churches with lead pastors typically shy away from the traditional organization chart that casts the pastor as the senior most figure in the church. Decentralization of leadership is thus becoming more common.

Reasons for decentralization

Sometimes decentralization is simply a practical solution. For example, a church may discover a better use of stewardship by starting a second site rather than building a larger worship center. Or some pastors may assume the title of lead pastor because others have moved in that direction.

At the core of these changes, though, is a desire to move away from centralization. And this trend may be one of the most significant trends of the American church in a century. This trend has profound implications, ones that you may have already noticed.

I’m curious: What do you see? How has this trend touched your area? Your church? Your life?