Talk:Married Couples on Leadership Teams

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I think it is important that married couples strongly consider whether they should be on a leadership team as individuals before they agree to do that.

One of the "checks and balances" within some governments is that leaders cannot appoint family members to serve in other high leadership posts so that a leader cannot put people in positions of leaderships who will merely "rubber stamp" his decisions. YWAM is not a government; but there is some wisdom here. Having a husband/wife on a leadership team (as individuals) can open the possibility for this type of thing. It is not an absolute that it will happen; but it is a possibility given the fallenness of mankind.

Couldn't a husband and wife both be a part of the team without each of them having a "vote" so to speak in the decisions that a base has to make?They could talk and pray about the decisions prior to a meeting and then with one voice give their input. That would mean they would have to come to a common agreement within their home prior to the meeting OR just "abstain" from the particular issue in question if they cannot reach an agreement. I think that would be better then bringing them in as two separate individuals on the leadership team and risk the possibility of two "rubber stamp" votes or having a husband/wife disagreement in the middle of a leadership meeting.

But.....what do you think? These are just ideas as I type; not something I have studied extensively.

Very interesting point. An alternate point is that if only the husband or wife is on the leadership team then there will inevitably be tension between husband and wife. However, I don't think that is sufficient reason to include them as official members. Could we have a situation where may people could go to leadership team meetings on an ad hoc basis - could the meetings be a bit more open and less 'secretive'? steve-the-not-so-hasty 00:26, 9 July 2008 (CEST)

We perhaps need to define "Leadership Team". In some cases, we may be talking about a legal board for purposes of meeting Government requirements to operate. Clearly there is voting power here, and often Government Laws will spell out conditions for allowing non-arms length members on a board. In many situations, this type of board is best suited by only having one spouse on at a time. Conflicts often come to bear in these structures. In addition often only one spouse has the administrative giftings to want to be on a board like this.

In other cases we could mean a group of Elders who discern together. Elders don't vote, they come to an consensus. They do not impose rules, they invite relationship. In a mature leadership team, there is a lot less room for conflict to occur, and transformational conflict is practiced when it does. This is often where people with various giftings thrive together. Kent 04:02, 3 Sept 2018 (EST)