Saturday, February 14, 2009

Corporate Church

Corporate Church. In post modern society, people have been trained to distrust any corporate entity. Whether that entity be Big Business, Education, Media or the Church, an assumption from people is that the underlying motivation is money. The survival of the corporation over integreity of business or character of the individual is always assumed. Now this method of logic is inhertanly flawed and void of empeical evidince but can certainly be understood given the post-modern climate. Corportate scandals, church scandals, and the lack of authenticity from parents in the emerging generation are all very real factors in contributing to the mindset of our young people. Most Corporate Church leadership structures and methodologies do little to meet this mindset where it is at and simply take pleasure in attacking the flawed logic. Paul, whoes powers of logic and reason were well demonstrated on Mars Hill and throught the book of Romans thougt it wise to be weak to the weak. (I Cor 9:22) Paul's desire was never to prove a point but simply recognize the root issue. Jesus wants to rock your world. Unconditional Love, authenticity, volunerability, raw community void of the church babel and flavor is exactly what the emerging generation is flocking to. And that is exactly what Corporate Church is lacking. To have a venue and credibility to reach this generation requries some fundamental paradigm shifts. The epistomology of this generation is not consistend with that of the previous one. Personal experiance is the highest influencer in a young person when determining what is Truth. For the pervious or modern generation, Emperical Evidence is the highest ifnluencer when determing what is Truth. If God has called you to reach the post-modern world, study it.


Matt Hicks said...

I think you bring up some great points about church, but it seem to me that you lack a conclusion. I say that not to be critical, after all who really has it all figured out? You seem to be defending the corporate church, but calling for a paradigm shift at the same time. You talked about a more genuine community experience, but is that possible with the "corporate" model? I agree totally with your post about legalism and the idea of a somewhat open ecclesiology. I have to ask though, has not Christianity always been a counter-culture? Since when has it been cool with God's theology to adopt worldly systems like building churches with business models, or adopting hierarchy structures that create a chain of command, just like a military or all the other religions of the world? Should we be taking worldly things and using them with a Jesus' twist to them, or should we be the counter-culture that God created us to be? In John 15 and 17 Jesus talks about being hated, saying if the world hates us that it hated him first and the world hates his word because it is not of this world. If we are who God intended us to be, why do churches get tax write-offs, and why are christians know as goody-to-shoes or nerds at best? Shouldn't we be either hated or known for our love for one another? Doesn't the institutional church model create masses of lazy Christians who feel content to sit in a pew once a week and get their fill of teaching? I don't claim to have the answers. I just know we're far from where we were intended.

acastro said...

I agree. And no, I don't have the answers.

あじ said...

why churches get tax write-offs is more of a political question... does the government have an interest in social stability? has that stability in the past been promoted by churches? of course, then you get to the more cynical side... are people more likely to vote for you if you give them tax write-offs? can you maintain power (and therefore manipulate society to your personal agenda) by making taxes more favorable for your constituents?

the proper question is, do tax write-offs or other forms of political influence harm the church? well, looking at history I don't see a lot of good that comes out of government influence in the church. i can see why churches would take advantage (it is basically a large and "free" budget increase) but can one take advantage and not be influenced? it seems difficult, if not impossible.