Retructuring Church Organization to Enhance Sustainability
This study was conducted at a local Presbyterian Church in Westlake Village, California. The objective of the study was to evaluate the church organization structure to determine if the allocation of resources (especially the volunteer committees) was focused appropriately to build and sustain an active membership. A model was built to simulate people (individuals and families) moving through various phases of church involvement. The model was tested against the current organizational structure and then against a re-defined structure. The results indicated that the current organization structure did not support a sustainable membership but that by re-organizing the church structure and types of committees, the focus of the resources would increase the likelihood of sustaining the membership.
Keywords: modeling, organization structure
Dr. William Bleuel
Professor, Decision Sciences,
He has held senior positions in engineering, marketing and service management at Xerox, Taylor Instrument Company and Barber Colman Company. Dr. Bleuel has also had experience as general manager in two start-up companies that he co-founded.
His most recent textbook, After the Sale, was published in 2000. He has been the Franz Edelman Award winner for The Institute of Management Sciences, he received the Armitage Medal from the Society of Logistics Engineers, and the Patton Publication Award. He became a Luckman Distinguished Teaching Fellow at Pepperdine in 1996.