TriCity Vineyard Leadership Structure

TCV Strategy Planning Team
September 13, 2002

We have moved into a decentralized leadership structure which is one that releases authority to others. Decisions are not made by an individual at the top, or even a small leadership group, but are entrusted to all leaders and teams within their realms of responsibility. This structure requires at all levels to continually give authority away - empowering others and encouraging them to reach their potential. Each team has Christ at the head, and also a team leader whose main role is to facilitate, encourage, and provide accountability.

The advantages of a decentralized structure compared to autocratic one are:

  • Freedom for all teams and leaders to reach their potential
  • Freedom for individuals to express and act upon the passions that God has put on their hearts
  • Greater understanding within the whole fellowship of our direction, purpose, and values
  • Sharing of triumphs and failures, resulting in less opportunity for extreme pride, and less sting in our defeats. Leaders are therefore less likely to burn out.

However, we should also be aware of the disadvantages to this method of leadership:

  • It is easy for leaders or teams to move off in an independent direction, away from the values of the fellowship.
  • Decisions require more time because communication and consultation is required in the process
  • Lines of authority or responsibility are more difficult to define because they are always changing as authority is given away

Ministry teams function according to the corporate values, vision, and mission of TriCity Vineyard, with the emphasis on interdependence over independence. Each team has responsibility and authority to act within their area of ministry and leadership - however, any decision that affects other ministries must be submitted to the other teams involved, so that the body works together effectively. Open communication and honest feedback are therefore essential.