Webinar: Hierarchy or Team?

We are excited to announce our first Fall webinar with the Program of Church Management in Rome, Organizing the Church: Pyramid or Team, on Wednesday, September 9, 2020.

This webinar brings together seasoned experts to discuss the theory and practice of efficient Church organizations. Registration is free and open to anyone who cares about Church management. I invite you to join us.

What We’ll Be Discussing

The hierarchy vs. team dichotomy is a classic debate in organization studies. Proponents of participatory management have criticized hierarchy as an obstacle to efficient communication, motivation, and learning, while those who have defended hierarchy view it as indispensable for large organizations.

A similar debate exists in the Church, where there is long tradition of participatory vs. hierarchical modes of governance.
Join us as we discuss:

  • What is the right balance between hierarchy (clergy) and participation (of the laity)?
  • Can hierarchy and teamwork coexist and leverage each other?
  • Is there a theology of hierarchy and a theology of “inverted. hierarchy”?
  • How can we avoid the pitfalls of both organizational models as suggested by organization science?

Our Speakers

Mary Hallan FioRito — Cardinal Francis George Fellow de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture University of Notre Dame, United States

Rev. Fr. Robert Gahl — Vice Director, Market Culture and Ethics Research Centre at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, Rome, Italy

Dr. John Hillen — Experienced CEO, Author, and Business School Professor at George Mason University, United States

Moderated by Dr. Pia de Solenni  — Executive Director and President Global Institute of Church Management

Please take a moment to reserve your spot and please help us to continue our work by sharing this event with others who might want to participate.

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