The Bible uses many colorful words to describe the church. It’s a family, a body, a fellowship, a holy people, a flock, and more.
But not a business.
In my previous post, I wrote about Why It’s A Bad Idea To Run A Church Like A Business. In today’s post, I want to get more specific about why.
Using Business Without Becoming a Business
It’s not that there are no business aspects to leading a local church or denomination. Much like a family is better off when we manage our money and time more effectively, most pastors would serve Jesus, their church and their families better if we used good business principles to manage our time, energy and resources more efficiently, too.
But using wise business principles is not the same as running a church as though it was a business.
Here are three ways running a church like a business can become problematic.