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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Alan Roxburgh gets it!



It was such a great podcast, I had to listen to it a second time taking notes. It was a lecture in Australia by a guy named Alan Roxburgh from Allelon on Sept 4, 2007. I encourage you to download it. But here is the summary. The new map of spiritual vitality in the world does not fall within the borders of traditional denominational drawings. Roxburgh makes a cogent argument that denominations are to our culture what Ford Motors is to the auto-world: a vertically integrated hieracrchy of experts controlled from the center, centralizing instruction, communication and resources. Local churches are the francised dealerships that need the advice from headquarters and the experts trained there. Roxburgh says that this corporate faith model thrived in the mid-20th century because we had an unaparalleled 75 years of stability, a technology based on 40/40 (40 hr work week for 40 years and then full retirement) a 1-income family with spouses (wives) free to volunteer and weekends free and open. And lastly it is built on loyalty (once a John Deere man, always a John Deere man...go green! or whatever "brand" your family was loyal to). All those factors are going away in today's climate of unasked for rapid change. The response of most denominations is to become much more reactive and regulatory, protecting shrinking assets and looking to answers from more experts with more programs promised to bring us back to what we feel is threatened (40 day programs abound!).
The new map, Roxburgh offers, is the real-time map of the internet, decentralized and rapidly changing and in constant touch with other nodes. This guy is fascinating to listen to! Maybe he could consult with the new presidential search committee??

7 Comments:

At 10:41 AM , Blogger mark said...

Alan is great.
He'd be a great catch for the covenant to work with.

His book Missional Leadership (I think) is really good.

now I'm going to listen to the podcast.

 
At 2:19 PM , Blogger kent said...

got a link to show?

 
At 3:47 PM , Blogger kent said...

So how do you sift through your meetings on stewardsghip with this presentation?

 
At 4:13 PM , Blogger donnjohnson said...

Yeah, www.allelon.org will connect you in to what they are doing and saying

 
At 4:15 PM , Blogger donnjohnson said...

It really does create some synergy, given that the ECC does, I believe want to employ best practices but is caught in some old systems of information control and behavior. My job is just to ask some questions and get ideas floating around. Someone smarter than me will pick up on them. The Stewardship Commission does have broad latitude upon which we can speak.

 
At 6:19 AM , Blogger kent said...

do you remember the title of the podcast you listen to? I looked on their sight and was unsure as to the one you referrenced.

 
At 7:08 AM , Blogger kent said...

Ooops, you know reading is a lost artform. Sorry.

 

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