I just wanted to point you to a helpful series that a friend, Greg Gilbert, has been doing over at the 9Marks Church Matters Blog on a series called Church Reform When You're Not The Pastor. I'm looking forward to seeing the rest! Here's what he has done so far.
Introduction - Church Reform When You're Not the Pastor: A Series
(1) Reform is easier in a small church than in a large one.
(2) Do what Christians do--love.
(3) Make yourself a help, not a problem, to your church's leaders.
(4) Aspire to leadership.
(5) Have conversations with people--lots of them.
(6) Train other leaders. Aim for majorities.
(7) Show up to the meeting with a completed idea. Then let go of it.
(8) Decide what's crucial. Be willing to compromise on the rest.
(9) Talk alot with those most opposed. Make a good-faith effort to alleviate their concerns.
(10) Don't insist on unanimity.
(11) Be very careful with supermajorities. Know what they're for.