The purpose is to incentivize innovation and structure a “value chain” accordingly.
The Church organized by regions is based on the idea that there are church “territories” of responsibility.
Within such territories, leaders (both lay and clergy) can make decisions and speak for the whole body.
Ironically, its greatest strength (ie. size and slowness) is often also its greatest weakness. These are, of course, major incentives for a role (ie. ordained ministry) where performance is difficult to measure and long-term presence is a priority.
However, they also incentivize “invisibility,” or keeping to oneself and also simply keeping one’s job without expectations. This is not acceptable for a world in which many things are going badly and the Church’s solutions are questionable.
Therefore, the tasks for the regional church leader or executive denominational staff are clearly to:
- incentivize all types of innovation for the world of today and tomorrow
- re-structure how Church operates and “discipleship” is created
- proliferate deeper and broader understandings of faith and life