Church as a Business?

In many ways, the modern day evangelical church runs as a business. We manage buildings, payrolls, marketing budgets, and a host of other things that require business savvy. The modern day evangelical church is also fundamentally a spiritual community, centered on the mission of Christ and (hopefully) sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit.

Are these two things at odds?

In this episode, we dive into some of the ways in which the church in America operates like a business, for better or for worse. We also explore why it is that church has come to be done this way, and how this way of operating may be impacting our faith.

We discuss the ways in which a business mindset may be helpful in advancing the mission of the gospel through marketing efforts or leadership training. We also discuss some ways in which a business mentality has been hurtful or even abusive, as in the case of nondisclosure agreements.

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REFERENCED IN THIS EPISODE

National Association of Evangelicals: “Should Churches Use NDAs? It Depends.

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