By Lyle E. Schaller
'... a conceptual framework for church self-appraisal that may be a key think about picking that fact and overcoming the passivity that blights such a lot of congregations today...' from the again hide.
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Second, in most cases the reader has to translate the conceptual framework into ecclesiastical terms and interpret the application of the findings to the churches. 15 A third, and a very provocative source, is the research on military organizations in general, and on the American armed forces in particular. There are three big reasons why this merits investigation. 16 Second, it is relatively easy to translate the findings of these studies into operational language for the churches since both are concerned with advancing a cause.
12. To be or to do? The most profound difference between the profit-oriented business and the Christian church is in priorities. The first priority for an entrepreneurial bureaucracy is to do what it was organized to do. This also is one reason why, as the years go by, most voluntary associations begin to model themselves after an entrepreneurial bureaucracy. By contrast, the dominant imperative for the Christian church is to be. Out of that being comes the doing. The more the church drifts in the direction of the entrepreneurial bureaucracy, the greater the inclination to make doing the number one priority.
The sense of a partnership in advancing a common cause may produce professional associations, and when the merits of the cause are overwhelmed by the tendency to create an entrepreneurial bureaucracy, the professional associations often respond to that change by turning into labor unions. This pattern can be seen in education, medicine, professional sports, the American army, and the law. Will the clergy be next? 12. To be or to do? The most profound difference between the profit-oriented business and the Christian church is in priorities.
Looking in the Mirror: Self-Appraisal in the Local Church by Lyle E. Schaller