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A Family Business?

Posted by on Sep 14, 2009 in blog links, definition | 4 comments

Something strange happens when a family goes into business together. Relationships change. Priorities change. Goals change.

Relationships, priorities, goals, and other things also change when the church (a family) begins to act as a business.

Jeff at “Losing My Religion: Re-Thinking Church” has written a very thought-provoking series about this topic. Here are links to his posts:

1. Church as Business (part 1–A Rose By Any Other Name)

2. Church as Business (part2–The Bottom Line)

3. Church as Business (part3–The Alternative)

What do you think?


4 Comments

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  1. 9-14-2009

    Alan,

    Check your links. Part 2 links to part 1.

  2. 9-14-2009

    “Looking back at the deconstruction I’ve gone through over the past 10 years or so, I smile just a little at how progressive I used to think I was early on. :)”

    I identify so much with this! Having gone to the mega-church pastor’s conferences, grown up in a church of 1,000+, and seen the business of church be “successful”, I thought I really knew what church was.

    But all along I had been defining church according to what the church does (function) not by what the church IS (essence). As soon as I redefined church by what the church IS I was able to resolve so many conflicts that I had noticed between Scripture and practice.

  3. 9-14-2009

    Alan,

    Another honest leader! Good stuff!

    If only all could see the chains they place around there necks, AND their brethren. Even worse they dishonor Christ.

  4. 9-14-2009

    Steve,

    Thanks. I fixed the link.

    Jon,

    Yes, it is amazing how different your perspective is when you look at the church as our identity (essence).

    Aussie John,

    I can testify that it is difficult to see the chains of traditionalism. I lived in it for a long time.

    -Alan