Rick Ivey, a friend and fellow pastor/blogger, is thinking about building Christian community. Of course, an approach that is en vogue now (and has been for a little while, and will continue to be) is a business/management approach. But one of the people he’s reading challenges the assumption that a faithful analog to church community comes from the business world. Instead, the author offers an environmental analogy. Rick summarizes it like this:
He suggests that creating community is more akin to creating a garden or forest than it is a simple A + B = C event. Working with that premise he suggests that a healthy community system requires environmentalist more than it does a manager or a director.
In a follow-up post, Rick works the analogy further in a parable of sorts about how some practices in the name of preservation actually threaten the health of an ecosystem. Can’t you feel the comparative significance for the church coming? It’s a short, quick read–check it out.