What happens when the Body of Christ is operated like a successful corporation? There is an entire culture, complete with its own language, shaped around what has become the “business” of doing Church. Rather than focusing on feeding the sheep or equipping the saints to bring the Good News of the Gospel to those who don’t know Him, it would seem that those in the business-driven model are about the business of growing the flock, broadening God’s market share, spawning new Christians and leading them to “doing life” that is void of real discipleship.
What many Christians don’t realize is that the “Seekermergent Church” is a product created by and promoted by the “Druckerites,” or those who have been personally mentored and inspired by the late business guru Peter Drucker (who was not a Christian). Rick Warren, Bob Buford and Bill Hybels are the Druckerite “trinity,” and these three men more than any others are responsible for innovating the church by purposely changing congregations from a pastoral ministry model to a CEO / Innovative Change Agent leadership model.
We’ve shared the must-see Church of Tares video before, and if you haven’t seen it you will want to watch:
This image is from a Business Model Case Study for a Calvary Church. The people who attend church are “customers,” a segment that expects front desk service to have somebody answer questions. Big congregational offerings and endowments generate revenue. The church staff delivers on the value proposition through two to four large campuses that produce large events weekly. The cost structure of staff and facilities maintenance support these activities.
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