This course explores the theological, natural and cultural support for “flatter” religious organizations and includes a thorough examination of practical examples. Former views of leadership as defined by position and authoritarian styles are no longer effective in a Post-Modern world. This course examines the theological concept of leader as one who leads by influence and builds collaborative teams and leadership groups in churches and religious organizations. Participants will learn the theoretical basis for this shift from authoritarian leadership styles to a more collaborative oriented model of ministry. They will also learn how to create effective leadership teams in religious environments. Dr. George Cladis is the Executive Pastor of the multi-site Liberty Churches in Massachusetts and the Executive Operating Officer of the faith-based New England Dream Center social service outreach.