A group of church people decides they want to do good things in the name of Jesus. A few churches join forces, and they get some good things done. They do. Then someone asks the question. If doing ten good things in Christ’s name is wonderful, how much better would a hundred good things be? How about a thousand?
Of course, if you mean to do a thousand good things for Jesus, you better get organized. You’re going to need a lot of people and a lot of money.
The organization of people who want to do good things for Jesus grows until it can only be run by professionals and insiders who operate in a very tight, “good old boy” network. A person could make a career just learning how to negotiate this network, learning which hands to shake and which votes really matter. Soon, regular church people cannot comprehend the complexity of the organization, but they foot the bill for it. In an effort to keep the money coming, the insiders turn more and more of their efforts toward marketing the organization to their own people.
The goal is a magical balance. You want the lay people to be impressed enough to send money, but you want them intimidated enough to stay out of the way. It’s good if you can flash a lot of Ph.Ds and some unthinkably complex flow-charts.
What you end up with is millions of people paying thousands of people to manage the doing of good things for Jesus...
I made it through two hours of the first meeting, and then I couldn’t stand it anymore.