Tim Crawshaw on Churches and Christian Organizations Must End Performance Culture

As long as churches and Christian organizations align with worldly principles and management structures relating to performance, they encourage people to work in the flesh instead of the spirit and prevent God’s glory and Kingdom being revealed.

Churches and Christian organizations who go “corporate” often prevent access for God to work supernaturally in and through them because performance-orientated culture encourages people to work in their own strength, not God’s.

They often neglect a Kingdom attitude that is spiritually oriented where God’s will, goodness and supernatural power are able to be manifested. Instead, they forfeit the spiritual power of God for worldly valued principles such as professionalism.

A church or organization full of robotic Christian professionals identifying initially with their denomination or work role before Jesus does not glorify God, manifest his kingdom or lead people to Him.

Performing is synonymous with conditional approval or love. It is not from God. It is essentially physical, effort based and driven by the will or the flesh. It often requires a person to work according to a role determined by the organization to fulfill a position description and performance outcomes. People are expected to align with values, ethos and guidelines of the organization regardless if it is or isn’t part of God’s will.

Performing can also lead people to burn out and to feel mechanical because they are working in their own strength while confusing their Christian work role with their true identity in Christ, which is a source of power to draw from.

An emphasis on education and training in order to be considered worthy by a Christian Church or organization to work for them is another performance-orientated trait saturated in worldliness. In this context, education is valued before spirituality. Knowledge such as theology does not substitute for supernatural experience and relationship with God. Jesus does not need a person to have a degree in order for him to carry out miracles through them.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Tim Crawshaw