In the past decades, the Christian market has been flooded with various publications on the numerical growth of Churches. Most of these books encourage the transplantation of modern business principles into the organism the Church is. The effect of this is like an attempt of sewing a giraffe’s neck unto a human body. The result is something that is neither a good Church nor a good business. The reason why people write and buy such books stems directly from today’s consumerist culture. Nothing feeds the ego more than a prominent success. The world of business doesn’t promote faceless ants on the front pages of color magazines and the Internet, but economic lions and hippos. No one is likely to be interested in a local entrepreneur who runs a small neighborhood corner store. To sell his plump vegetables, he gets up before dawn and drives to the market, from where he brings selected goods.
This book consists of three parts. The first part focuses on presenting the problem of modern consumer culture and its impact on the Church community. In the second part, I move on to show the urgency of the changes that should take place because of the nature of the Gospel and the example of Christ himself. Part three points to the biblical direction of leadership in the Church, which the Apostle Paul called in his first letter to the Corinthians a far better way. The love that comes from God, poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, and the right attitudes that result from it, are in some way, the answer to the problem of self-centeredness manifested by rivalry, evil ambition, and desire for success.