Deuteronomy 1:13Choose for each of your tribes individuals who are wise, discerning, and reputable to be your leaders.” 14You answered me, “The plan you have proposed is a good one.” 15So I took the leaders of your tribes, wise and reputable individuals, and installed them as leaders over you, commanders of thousands, commanders of hundreds, commanders of fifties, commanders of tens, and officials, throughout your tribes.
Some decisions are easy and can be made by one person or with the faithful support of a close friend. Others are more complicated and merit prayerful discussion by a congregation. A few decisions have such regional, national, or global impact that they demand discernment in the context of worship to hear how God will lead us into God’s future.
For difficult decisions God gave us congregations and regional fellowships to discern leaders who have covenanted to stay with us and see us through our adventures.