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“ Corporations frequently ‘borrow’ concepts from innovative companies that seem to be making headway in the market. Analysts will look at the business model and adapt it for their cooperation with the hopes that by updating their corporate model and infusing their corporate culture, their business will capitalize on the market. This works in the corporate world quite well.

But what may work in the business world does not always translate effectively in the realm of the church. Prominent churches across the United states like Willow Creek, Saddleback, or Fellowship Church all whole conferences that regularly challenge church leaders to think in new and creative ways about the practical workings of the church. Pastors and church leaders attend and return home infused with new ideas, hoping to make some changes so their congregations can impact their communities. Unfortunately, in many cases, these same church leaders attempt to replicate the larger church in toto by applying the principles learned in their local churches.

Churches don't work that way. Outside of the grace and Providence of God these mega churches can never be replicated despite the ongoing attempts by some of them to replicate themselves with video satellite campuses. That doesn't mean that their basic principles of church leadership or organizational structure are not helpful, but pastors and church leaders need to carefully consider and weigh the ideas in light of their own contexts. Because the church is composed of a community of believers with unique gifts and abilities that covenant together for the purposes of evangelism, discipleship, worship and fellowship, no church can be cloned or replicated in any other context.” (White & Yeats, Franchising McChurch, 2009, p.43-44)

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