Whenever a person or organization talks about using a business model, for example, within the context of a “ministry” organization, someone gets their undies all bunched up in knots. I’ve seen it time and again.
Unfortunately, the conversation that ensues between these opposing viewpoints is too often set out to “win” rather than to find common ground of understanding. Winning is more immediately gratifying to one’s ego.
One will say that a good business model can and should be used and/or adapted for use in a ministry context because it’s a good model and it makes sense.
The other will argue that good business models don’t take into consideration the sometimes unpredictable nature of the Holy Spirit.
The first will remind the second that “of course we need to leave room for the Holy Spirit to guide us” but that in the meantime, the business model gives us a sound path to follow.
The second will retort that using a business model is equal to doing ministry in your own power — that in order for God to get the credit for it, it has to look illogical and impossible — flying in the face of “human” thinking.
You’ve heard this argument, haven’t you? Maybe even participated? I have. On both sides at different times, even.
As I was thinking about this once again, a little light went on. We somehow have let tasks be “ministry” or “work” or “leisure” as if the task determined the purpose and focus of what we do. Is this a Biblical worldview? Doesn’t Scripture tell us that every aspect of our living has a single purpose: to bring glory to God through worship? If “sacred” and “secular” is determined by WHO does something rather than what they do, what difference does that make in our thinking?
I’ve so not got this all straightened out into perfect rows of logic and understanding. Just thinking aloud in a potentially very public space. Like talking in a busy public space where anyone could hear you, but hardly anyone is listening. It feels pretty safe. 🙂