Tuesday, December 13, 2016

The Presence-Driven Church Abandons Man-made Organizational Structures

Lake Erie, from Bolles Harbor, Monroe

In The Purpose-Driven Church Rick Warren got a lot of things right. I think Warren would agree with me that "presence" precedes "purpose" ("purpose" comes out of "presence").

Here is one of his insights, relevant to the Presence-Driven Church.

 "Let me ask you to consider this question: What do the words committees, elections, majority rule, boards, board members, parliamentary procedures, voting, and vote have in common? None of these words are found in the New Testament! We have imposed an American form of government on the church and, as a result, most churches are as bogged down in bureaucracy as our government is. It takes forever to get anything done. Man-made organizational structures have prevented more churches from healthy growth than any of us could imagine."

- Rick Warren,
The Purpose-Driven Church, p. 377
In my interactions and dialogue with pastor-leaders I have heard the frustration, and even despair, of many who came to lead churches that were captive to man-made organizational structures, and the pain and difficulty of escaping from this systemic disaster.