All human systems, without exception, exhibit both functional and dysfunctional characteristics. Systems analysts, whatever methodology they apply to resolving dysfunctions, note particular difficulties when the system in question has “wicked problems” (also called adaptive challenges and, sometimes, “messes”). Such systems have multiple stakeholders, numerous uncertainties, complex interactions, and a tangled web of power centers and political issues—a description that surely matches the situation we face in the Church today.

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