I am currently consulting with 2 different churches-----one very conservative--contemporary--on the cutting edge-------the other----long history----slightly liberal--by today's standards---High church--old school--long tradition!
One has a board of elders comprised of men only---no committees--lead by the vision of the congregation elected elders with pastoral staff part of the elder board.
One led by the governing council-which includes many women---committees--all elected and approved by the congregation as are all financial matters.
One connected in a long line of heirarchy to a HUGE denomination with well defined lines of authority.
One totally independent with no up line (well of course except for God) accountability.
WAIT a minute---I'm on over-load---Wonderful people --all of them---I just have a difficult time keeping them straight---who is called what and who is in charge--and where does the buck stop?
WHO'S ON FIRST- WHAT'S ON SECOND!!!!
I'm going to bed!