In the UU Growth Lab on Facebook this past week, there was a bit of a conversation about the implications of Dan Harper’s post, “Neocortex size as a constraint on group size in primates.” Basically, the size of our neocortex means that we can keep track of the relationships in a group of up to 150 members.
What does a congregation do when it gets larger than 150 active members?
I’ve been interested for some time in a model that looks something like mitosis. One cell, then two cells, four cells, etc., all networked together.
When I learned about the process of bees swarming, that added a new possibility.
I had assumed that the leadership of a congregation would stay put, and be generally supportive of the new spin-off congregations.
But what if the leadership and 60% of the congregation left in search of a new home, leaving the infrastructure of the congregation (including the building) to the remaining 40%. Would new leadership emerge in the smaller group? Would the larger group find a new home and flourish there?