Pluses & Minuses of Getting Others Involved in Decision Making

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Make Decisions TogetherGetting others involved in decision making could at times be a matter of obedience in lining up with God’s design for the Body. He has built into the Body an interdependence, value on the contributions of others, and a plan for everybody to have a part. See: God’s Blueprint Design for Building the Church

That should be enough to motivate us to get others involved in making decisions but we also have pragmatic reasons.

The Pluses: Benefits of Getting Others Involved in Decision Making

  1. leads to greater creativity so you have the potential of a more excellent result
  2. provides varying perspectives so you see the bigger picture
  3. challenges alternative thinking so you don’t get stuck in a rut
  4. engenders more ownership so you find a greater commitment in implementing the decision

The Minuses: Perceived Negatives of Getting Others Involved in Decision Making

  1. can take longer to arrive at a decision
  2. can take more effort gathering input
  3. everyone won’t always agree

The Conclusion:

God’s ways are not always the easiest ways. Nor do they always take the path of least resistance. In the end, however, the pluses exceed the minuses for when everybody does their part, the Body “grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work” (Eph. 4:16).

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