The Real Bottom Line – What Can Church Leaders Learn from Business Leaders?
Pat Wagner, co-founder of Pattern Research, Inc., hosted an online training session that I attended on January 8th. Her topic: The Real Bottom Line: Myths about Using Business Practices in Libraries. I spent most of the session writing down her bullet points, and brainstorming on their spiritual truth and kingdom applications. We ran out of time, so I contacted her personally, and she was incredibly gracious in sharing her PowerPoint presentation with me.
The basic thesis of her presentation is that library professionals retain many popular myths about business practices and leaders that hinder their ability to appropriate their practicality and use their wisdom to serve library patrons. She recommends that library professionals get past simplistic categories and arbitrary labels (public, non-profit, private industry). Clinging to these myths perpetuate negative stereotypes, limit potential sources of support, partnerships, and the ability to serve the communities around us.
In the coming days, we’ll explore some different myths, trying to understand their spiritual implications — and then talk about some important principles we can borrow from businesses that most resemble local churches.
In the meantime, share some off-the-top-of-your-head thoughts about business, business leaders, and their relationships to the kingdom of God. What ideas come into your mind with the word BUSINESS (especially with CHURCH in the background)?