On his personal blog Texas preacher Kevin Cauley wrote today something that is valid for churches the world over, and especially for those who tend toward the practical and toward efficiency:
This [emphasis on results] never works with the church because the church is not a product, the church is a people, and we should be people focused. People are not predictable. They have free-will. You never really know what they are going to do. For this reason, they can never be “results.” People are not results. When we look at people as if they are a result, we dehumanize them. They cease being people and start becoming a commodity. Jesus didn’t die for a commodity; He died for people. Things are commodities; people are not commodities. Things may be abused, misused, and destroyed. People may not be abused, misused, and destroyed. Our mistake is that we use people and love things when we should be loving people and using things (thank you Dick Sztanyo for this point)!
What do we lose when we are results oriented? People. People become means to an end.
Read the whole article here.