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Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Organizations to Institutions

Organizations have this nasty habit of becoming institutions. And institutions have this great tendency to fade into irrelevance. Movements become monuments. Inspiration becomes institution. The tragedy of this often-repeated story is that the older an organization gets, the less room there is for the entrepreneurally gifted. Mavericks are messy by nature, and calcified organizations chew them up and spit them out with their rigidity.

This is as true in the church as it is in the business world. There is a pattern that organizations follow, as they move from passion to paralysis, from the apostolic to the mechanistic. The pattern in fact seems to follow the very pattern of the human cycle. There is every stage from birth to adolescence to the most productive adult years to, finally, death. Even organizations that don't die often look and act dead.

- Hans Finzel, The Top 10 Mistakes Leaders Make (Colorado Springs, CO: Cook Communication Ministries, International; reprint, Mandaluyong City, MM: Christian Growth Ministries, 2001), p. 67

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