Beyond a Business Model for the Church

My friend, Steve Bruns, has an interesting post on his blog in which he questions the current use of business language in the church.

In part, he says:

While I think there is a lot we can learn from the business world, this trend has me very concerned. When our leaders think in business terms, we ought not be surprised when they act like corporate executives and our parishioners act like consumers. We are not peddlers for God. Neither are parishioners people who ought to be shopping for the next best experience.

So, he has a question: What’s our way out of this? How do we find other language to articulate the mission of the church? How do we move past this business mentality and find a new model for our ecclesiology?

I think it’s a question well worth considering. The language and models we use shape who we are, what we expect, and how we function. And there are always unintended consequences from this.

So, if you get the chance, go over to Steve’s blog and comment. I’d love to hear what you think. You can get there by clicking on this link: The Business of Church.


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