by Bob Whitesel D.Min., Ph.D., 12/12/15.
Karl Barth once said, “Only rarely, and then very carefully, can the church’s ordained leaders take their cues from secular leadership.”
And, that is exactly what lead me to studying management and the church.
I found so many well intentioned lay people trying to bring secular management principles into a spiritual organization. Now, any organization needs to be managed, even a spiritual. But, lessons for managing her must be drawn from the study of church examples, and not just have secular principles imposed upon the church. You must to look careful at churches and study them to see which principles apply, and which don’t.
That is why to this day I have a very active consulting practice where I am visiting and studying a different church almost every weekend.
And, thus is also why i have written 12 books, including book, “Growth by Accident, Death By Planning.” This book among others was my way of saying what Barth said: that secular leadership principles, if not carefully used, will lead to “death by planning” :-O