Life in an institutional church setting is very different than life the non-institutional church. Early in my life as a Christ Follower, I was part of a "small" (read under 100 people) congregation. The pastor of the church had a definite vision and plan of action but unfortunately he did not communicate it very well. As a result, people felt disenfranchised and somewhat squashed by his leadership as things changed rather quickly and without apparent direction.
In hindsight, I can see the primary problem stemmed from his personal "control issues." While he said that he desired people to start new ministries, create teams, be God's hands, and build the Kingdom, his actions did not agree with his words. Congregation members would start meeting together for Bible study, helping the homeless, tutoring children or other activities. Invariably, they would share their enthusiasm for what God is doing in their lives with others in the Church. Pastor Jack* would then try to administrate what was going on and turn it into another program within his church.
You see, Jack is a micro-manager who had to have his finger in every pie, know what was going on firsthand and did not rely on his staff. To put it simply, Jack did not trust his people to minister. "They might fall into error," After seeing this happen a few times, people would begin to feel squashed and either leave the church or simply quit reaching out. The argument of being "under authority" is the typical reason for Jack's type of control behavior in an institutional church.