"Frequently decision-making means trading one set of problems for a different set of problems."
"The basic law of traditionalism: If it is not necessary to change, it is necessary not to change."
"Whenever there is disagreement on alternatives the situation becomes a political situation."
Lyle E. Schaller, an expert in parish planning, makes statements such as these in the hope that the decision-makers in the local churches and denominational organizations will better understand the realities and so improve the process.
Focusing on the "how," he gives many examples, workable ideas, and valuable insights that can help any voluntary association, especially the local church, make the right decision.
He analyses the frame of reference for decision-making - considering the lay-clergy gap, the understanding of original sin, the power of the Holy Spirit.
He discusses the pressures of institutionalism, the revising of structure, the influence of the political process, and forms of interchurch cooperation. The cost-benefit ratio is dealt with in "Dollars and Decisions." In conclusion, the author goes into the important issues of evaluation and accountability, and suggests major points of increased tension in the future.
Schaller knows what the church is and what it may become. His book can be the road map that helps your church use its full resources and potential to explore, to expand, to become...