There is an entire culture, complete with its own language, shaped around what has become the "business" of doing Church. Rather than focusing on feeding the sheep or equipping the saints to bring the Good News of the Gospel to those who don't know Him, it would seem the Next Church is about the business of growing the flock, broadening God's market share, spawning new Christians and leading them to a life of volunteerism. How did we get to this point?
The answer comes straight from our history in the last century, and you might be surprised to learn that the pendulum that brought us some of the darkest times in memory is now swinging around again. Our guest today is Chris Rosebrough, host of the daily radio program, Fighting For The Faith, heard around the world on Pirate Christian Radio, a broadcast group he founded to help Christians discern God's Word in a world where there is no shortage of Bible-twisting messages bombarding airwaves and pulpits.
I want to warn you that the content of this show is heavy and will weigh on your mind, as it should. You may want to take notes or re-listen to what you've heard. And you'll definitely want to click on the links Chris himself has recommended for your own research and understanding into what you are about to hear.
Having done extensive research over the years, Chris contends that what many of us don’t realize is that the Emerging Church is a product created by and promoted by the "Druckerites," or those who have been personally mentored and inspired by the late business guru Peter Drucker. Rick Warren, Bob Buford and Bill Hybels are the Druckerite “trinity,” and according to Chris, these three men more than any others are responsible for innovating the church by purposely changing congregations from a pastoral ministry model to a CEO / Innovative Change Agent leadership model.
What's more, all of these innovations were strategically crafted under the careful eye of Peter Drucker himself. And all of these innovations were incubated, introduced and injected into the church through the coordinated efforts of Drucker’s disciples through their different but intimately connected organizations; Leadership Network, the Purpose Driven Network and the Willow Creek Association.
In a 1989 interview with Peter Drucker in this article titled, Managing To Minister, Drucker explains how he was influential in the successful reorganizing of major businesses like General Motors and Sears as well as governmental agencies like the Department of Defense, before turning his attention to what he called the "Third Sector:" nonprofit, human services organizations and churches.
By 1994 Drucker was the main attraction at a special Summit on "The Futures of Denominations." The groundbreaking event was part of the Leadership Network (birthed by Bob Buford), which convened over 75 denominational leaders, senior ministers, consultants, and others in Ontario, California. The summit was a game changer for the Church as we now know it, as Drucker's telling comments reveal: "Let us change the way we look at the Protestant church in America as a result of the meeting. While acknowledging that there are still many unhealthy churches, there is a justified "change in basic premises, basic attitudes, basic mind set... on the whole, we are on the march. We are not on the retreat."
Homework and Related articles
- Welcome to the Next Church
- Who's Responsible for the Defects of the Knowledge Based Products of the Druckerite Companies? (Chris Rosebrough, Extreme Theology)
- Bob Buford, Peter Drucker, and the Emerging Church (Roger Oakland, Lighthouse Trails Research)
- The Druckerites Must Issue a Safety Recall For Their “Emerging Church” Product Line (Chris Rosebrough [PODCAST] Pirate Christian Radio
- The Unfashionable Kierkegaard
- The Business of the Kingdom
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