I’m always gritting my teeth when I’m reading and hearing people talking about the Church as “an organization” or suggesting that we need to “run it like a business.” I have a hard time seeing that model in Scripture. We’re so fascinated by the “success” models of American business that we think we have to see them in the Church, too – everything from “the pursuit of excellence” to “best practices” and beyond.
But the model of the Church that I see time and again in Scripture is the Church as the Bride of Christ. I’ve written on this before, and probably will do so again. But here it is from a different source. Bearing in mind that of course the Pope is going to understand / equate the Church with the Roman Catholic Church, he is still right on target in reminding us that there is more to the Church than spreadsheets and bottom lines.