This kind of church still requires strong leadership which acts in a facilitating capacity. Each leader carries the community’s vision and works together to see that every participant is inspired and engaged. There are no power struggles for there is no hierarchical authority system.
What I see is something akin to the production of a movie, as is revealed through documentaries. Moving out of the abstract, this example does contain levels of authority, ranging from director to extra to stage hand, yet it appears that the vision of the finished product captures each person no matter their role. The director inspires the cast and crew with the vision of the film. When it is finished, we tend to exonerate the lead actors, who deserve a great deal of praise due to the hard work involved. Yet we tend to overlook the crew who worked behind the scenes to put the pieces together to make a slick film. This does not phase the crew; they love what they do, and work tirelessly to bring forth something to be proud of. From the documentary, there is a collective sense of awe when the film is complete, and a strong sense of togetherness in the process of production. Of course, there will always be ego, but the vision of the film captures every member into that one purpose.
While not a perfect analogy, what the above demonstrates is the need for clear vision and active participation in bringing that vision to fruition. Where ‘structured chaos’ comes to play is in the creative input of each participant. There will not be absolutely defined roles for each person, unlike the production of a film, but each one is has some valuable contribution to make to the whole.
I know I don’t have many readers, but if you’re out there and reading this, can you share with me your sense of community – do you see this as viable? Have you seen anything like I’ve described? What are your experiences, what is your vision?