Congregations not ready for and even resisting change are characterized by secrecy and a lack of mutual respect. There is secrecy in communication, of money, and of prayer concerns. Information is power that can lead to control. Too many leaders do not realize that the control of information destroys community and limits the empowerment of the congregation.
Congregations seeking to transform openly share information to increase ownership among of the congregation, clearly state what is going on financially, and freely share prayer concerns to increase the spiritual empowerment of the congregation. This decreases secrecy and increasing mutual respect and accountability.