Friday, June 11, 2010
Peter Drucker, Church Management, and Jesus
For reasons I won't bore you with, we were unable to attend our regular church last week, which is out of town.
So we attended a local church known for its fast-growing exciting atmosphere. We had visited before.
Three duplicate services, a worship band that could make a good album, a state-of-the-art lights and sound system, programs for everyone, very organized. Interspersed videos.
Family-oriented with "practical" messages on parenting, daily living, marriage, and workplace. Touching, quality messages, delivered interestingly by Pastors in jeans and casual shirts.
Very organized. Smooth. Flawless transitions.
One of the fastest growing churches in the nation. Planned to the nth degree. Did I say organized?
But as I pointed out to my son on the way home, the Pastor, teaching a practical (actually very good) message, never mentioned Jesus Christ, or His cross, death, resurrection. Never fed the sheep with the Bread of Life.
Except for a little bit in the music, there was no mention of the Christ Who is our Life.
Really good message. Tasty. But I couldn't help but think that the sheep were still left hungry.
I know I was.
I kind of know the Senior Pastor of that church. And you know what? I have zero doubt that he very much loves the Lord, and as the saying goes, he means well. I know he does.
But you want to hear a real irony?
I can almost bet that the leadership of that church is well-familiar with the famous management guru, Peter Drucker. The place drips with the efficiency of Drucker's management principles, which I have encountered many times in business over the years.
The irony is, it was Drucker who said...
"There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all."