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.

Highly organized.

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."


Vicki said...

Excellent post, brother. I've attended churches with much the same experience...walked away a little disappointed, actually. So many sermons in places like these are really, really good, but what's the point if no one hears about Jesus?

Terry, thank you for your ministry. I can't get enough of grace!


PS--have you had any problems with Blogger? It seems one particular post of mine never comes out formatted right, no matter what I do. Very weird:-)

Terry Rayburn said...



I have all kinds of problems with Blogger :)

Different than yours, though. No ideas here.

I'm thinking of converting to Wordpress, which I use with another blog, but am leery of the export process working properly.

Anonymous said...

Terry, can you tell us what church it was?

Terry Rayburn said...


Not likely, but email me if you want to make your case.

terryrayburn @ gmail dot com