Localization: Big isn’t bad.

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In my last post, I compared megachurches to McDonalds. Some people will think I meant to be offensive – but I’m really not. McDonalds provides consistent quality, and the food is cheap. It was a vast improvement over some substitutes. If nothing else, McDonalds meets a need. The same can be said for Megachurches. Your… Read more »

Localization in the Church, pt. I.

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How does your church reflect the people who are there?  What can you change without changing the message? This article, from the Harvard Business review, discusses ‘localization’ for consumers.  Companies like Wal-Mart, and McDonalds, made their fortunes standardizing good content.  If you walk into a Wal-Mart, you know what you’re going to get: necessary goods,… Read more »

Spending III…

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I hadn’t intended to say much more about Spending God’s Money, but I’d be remiss not to note the (largely) excellent communication going on in the comments to Marty Duren’s review.   Comments from Bob Tenery, Carolyn Curtis, Ray Newcomb and Charles Fuller all provide counterpoints to some of the issues raised by Mary Branson.   There… Read more »

A quiz for leaders

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A credible, sourced criticism of your administration appears on the internet, or in a newspaper: “Bill uses widows’ mites to buy [luxury good or service]; there is no man more arrogant in the convention.” This is the best response: “I talked about it with my superiors, and they approved it.” But, perhaps you cannot give… Read more »

Spending, pt. II

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My last post criticized Mary Branson’s new book, Spending God’s Money, because it suggests that it is nearly time to give up on the North American Mission Board, and ministries like it, because they are too big to be managed accountably. I don’t think we have that choice — we need size and accountability, together…. Read more »

What’s wrong with Spending God’s Money?

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Mary Kinney Branson has released “Spending God’s Money,” published by Father’s Press — right down the street from me in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. It chronicles Branson’s dissatisfaction with the leadership and fiscal responsibility of the North American Mission Board under Bob Reccord. There is a lot to criticize, and a lot to appreciate, about the… Read more »