2 Models of Christian Ministry to Avoid (Or Not)

Over the last number of decades, there have been quite a few Christian leadership books that have drawn from business models. Some pastors even promote non-Christian business books as positive models for leadership.

This is unacceptable. The church is not a business and has nothing to learn from the business world. When Jesus taught, he never drew from the business world, but always spoke about a purely spiritual form of Christian ministry.

“For it is as if a man, going on a journey, summoned his slaves and entrusted his property to them;  to one he gave five talents (a form of currency), to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away.  The one who had received the five talents went off at once and traded with them, and made five more talents.  In the same way, the one who had the two talents made two more talents.  But the one who had received the one talent went off and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.  After a long time the master of those slaves came and settled accounts with them.  Then the one who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five more talents, saying, ‘Master, you handed over to me five talents; see, I have made five more talents.’  His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’  And the one with the two talents also came forward, saying, ‘Master, you handed over to me two talents; see, I have made two more talents.’  His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’  Then the one who had received the one talent also came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew that you were a harsh man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you did not scatter seed;  so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.’  But his master replied, ‘You wicked and lazy slave! You knew, did you, that I reap where I did not sow, and gather where I did not scatter?  Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and on my return I would have received what was my own with interest. (Matthew 24:14-27)

While I’m at it, there is another model of Christian ministry that has dangerously crept into the church. Some people try to find principles from the military world. What could the church have in common from the military? There is no way that the Bible would ever endorse looking to the military as a positive role model.

Share in suffering like a good soldier of Christ Jesus.  No one serving in the army gets entangled in everyday affairs; the soldier’s aim is to please the enlisting officer. (2 Timothy 2:3-4)

I hope I have made my point. Christian ministry should not draw from business or military models but should rely purely on spiritual principles.

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