A number of JRF affiliates do not have rabbis and thus have to face the challenge of leading services on a regular basis.
One thing I reflect on in connection with my former congregation, Congregation T'chiyah in Detroit, Michigan, is that they still use the service structure three of us on the religious services committee set up about 20 years ago. Its longevity suggests that it can be a useful structure for other affiliates in ensuring service leadership, but we also found it provided many more benefits.
We were at a very bad pass at the time. Services were led by volunteers, the service leaders usually being members of the same family. Only a few families volunteered and those families got progressively annoyed at being the only ones to shoulder the burden. It looked as if we would soon be unable to have services, and this young congregation would die.
What we came up with was the following plan.
We also thought that over time we would get a more involved and engaged membership.
In fact, this happened. I recall one very secular family who wanted to join because their son wanted to be Jewish and wanted to go to the Sunday school. When told they had to lead services, they tried to find an escape clause. Finding there was none, they began to lead services and gradually moved into congregational leadership.