Why Corporate Church Won’t Work

This is one of the most insightful articles that I have read for a while.

This is the section which resonated with me …

Here’s what I mean: In American businesses, it’s about moving people from A to B, but has nothing to do with making people. We have one guy with the vision and a culture of volunteerism to help that one guy get his vision accomplished. It’s the genius with a 1000 helpers. So while churches may claim to have “leadership development programs,” what they really have are “volunteer pipelines” that are run by managers, not leaders.

In doing so, we run the campus, but don’t expand the Kingdom. We’re keeping the machine of the church running (which, much to some people’s chagrine, I think is needed if done in a lightweight/low maintenance kind of way), but doing practically nothing to expand the Kingdom.”

As far as I have a vision for Mosaic Edinburgh it’s embodied in the mirror image of what Mike Breen is describing here. I am certainly no genius and I have no desire to be the “guy with the vision” who simply recruits volunteers to manage and run the machine of the church.

What I do have is a deep desire to be part of a community which Breen describes as

making and moving people so that as we make disciples, we release them into their destiny of pushing into new Kingdom-frontier.”

A group of people, blood-and-non-blood, about the size of an extended family, on mission together, often times networked with other extended families.

Why the extended family?

* Because it’s small enough to care, but large enough to dare.

* Everyone gets to play.

* Sociologically, people locate their identity within the extended family size (known as the Social Space). We’re hardwired for it.

* To function well, it’s a beautiful combination of both the organic and the organized

* It’s the perfect training ground for future leaders”

What excites me is that as a new community Mosaic Edinburgh has a unique opportunity, to reflect, discuss, dream about how we become this kind of missional, kingdom embodying and extending community. I can’t imagine a more exciting project to be involved in.

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  1. That’s good stuff. Thanks for sharing that article…passing it along to our pastoral team.

    • James Petticrew says:

      Glad you resonated with it, it very much embodied some of our values. I have had some flack for not doing the whole Moses thing but we want our vision to emerge from our dynamic interaction with Scripture as a community in a specific culture informed by church tradition in the best sense of that word. Probably naive and idealistic but then again if you aren’t naive and idealistic maybe you shouldn’t try and start a new faith community?

  2. this is real good stuff James, but how to form this kind of community,

  3. jamespetticrew says:

    Donald I personally don’t think we form this kind of community if we make it our goal, an end in itself. I think Frost & Hirsch are on to something with their idea of “communitas” a community that is formed around a purpose. When we live together for the Kingdom of God I think we are on the road to this kind of community.

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