Business of the Church: Introduction (1 of 5)

I recently spoke with a reporter from the Kansas City Business Journal about technology and the church. I talked about this blog, websites, a little about the internet campus planning and about how technology can improve the level of connection between people. This got me thinking about a question that my sister posed to me last week.

Is the church a business?

My answer to that is yes, in some aspects. The church is a community of faith living into God’s kingdom, but there are some aspects of being this community that involve business. Over the next few days, I am going to be blogging about the business of the church. You can look for posts on:

  • Technology
  • Buildings
  • Finance
  • Strategic Planning

Initial thoughts on any of these subjects?

By Andrew Conard

Christian, husband, son, brother, homeowner

3 replies on “Business of the Church: Introduction (1 of 5)”

I find it interesting that many of the most dynamic churches have senior pastors that used to work as leaders in the business world. I heard it described once that many seminaries try to mold you into the stereotype of what has been done in the past, but those with strong, business savy leadership skills can overcome that pressure and consistently make things happen. They seem to have a keen ability to consistently ask the “what if” questions and then efficiently make visions a reality.

I think its important to distinguish between the “CHURCH” and the “One Holy and Apostolic Church (OHAC)”. The institution of Church is in some ways like a not for profit business. We raise funds, we build infrastructure, we plan and execute, etc etc. The “OHAC” is a movement generated out of the ongoing advance of the Kingdom of God. Some “CHURCHES” orient their business activities towards the ends of the “OHAC” and some do not. Those that do not are in some sense CHURCHES but not part of the “OHAC”. There are big OHAC and big non OHAC churches, and their are small OHAC and small non OHAC churches. What matters is whether were OHAC or not.


Wesley – You make an interesting point. I had not considered this correlation. The “what if” questions are key.

Chuck – You make an important distinction. Thanks for the corrective.

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