Shalom! A Journal for the Practice of Reconciliation is a quarterly publication of the Brethren in Christ Church. Its mission is to educate and stimulate Christ-like responses to the needs of society by providing biblical, theological, sociological, denominational and personal perspectives on a variety of comtemporary issues.
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Fall 2013, "Organizational Decision-Making"
In the church, we hope the process by which decisions are made and change happens shows care for the people who are affected, and involves mutual discussion and discernment of what God is calling us to do. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case, not only because of faulty or inadequate processes but also because of differing ideas about the respective roles of leaders and grassroots members. Sometimes when decisions are made with which people disagree and feel like they have had little or no part in making, there is significant conflict. This edition of Shalom! addresses some of the dynamics of effective organizational decision-making, especially in but not limited to the church. Organizational decision-making requires the ability to practice reconciliation and to bring people together in the pursuit of common goals. Effective organizational decision-making is, in fact, a very practical example of the kind of peacemaking to which we are called as Christians.