When a church goes corporate (part 2)
Means to achieving purpose
The primary means through which a corporation achieves its purpose to make money is by leveraging efficiency. The company will doggedly drive for efficiencies in productivity, quality, safety, waste, costs, etc. Taking advantage of efficiencies is the chief means for making money. The pursuit of efficiencies significantly impacts everything a corporation does.
By contrast, the chief means through which a church achieves its purpose is through relationships. This is true in terms of our interactions with God, with each other and with the world. The church (including its paid staff) is a family. In contrast with efficiency, relationships can be messy. They require love, forbearance, forgiveness, patience, kindness, and time. Generally speaking relationships are not efficient, but they extremely effective!
©2009 Rob Fischer