72—church as a business
THIS IS NOT ON FIRST RECORDING
THIS ALSO MAY BE TOO OVERTLY CHALLANGING—What do you think?
My name is Tom; this is Simple Church Minute.
Have you ever tried starting a business? It’s amazing how easy it is to start, but difficult to do successfully. A huge help is studies in the field. There is, though, one type of business that has quite a fair success rate in spite of almost always choosing a person with no business training to head the organization. What is that business? A traditional church. Of course, part of the reason for its success is that it collects money, produces no tangible product, and doesn’t, in fact is by law not allowed to, have profits or dividends. Instead, most income over expenses goes to increasing expenses—more payroll and bigger buildings. Fortunately, few (I think) are patterned after L. Ron Hubbard’s statement, “The easiest way to become a milllionare is to start a religion,” which, of course, is what Hubbard is known for. Churches, in general, unlike most businesses, create jobs without the pain of annual performance reviews.
Most churches have not created this unscriptural form intentionally. Muddle ups that go back to the early Dark Ages have been passed down to us. In the Bible, the church is not a corporation, a building, or an employer. It is a group of believers in Jesus who meet to worship Him and to help build each other up as God’s family, to be obedient, not rebellious kids of God, being the living stones of the temple of the Holy Spirit, being transformed into the Bride of Christ.
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