President Trump is reported to be understandably frustrated that the government can’t be run like a business. In his company, Trump could simply given an order and his underlings would do it. But as president, he gives an order but he has to contend with the courts, Congress, semi-independent agencies such as the Pentagon, a vast bureaucracy, and state governments, each with its own complicated workings.
I’ve listened to a pastor explain how he is trying to run his church like a business. He is the CEO, he explained. His members are his employees. He said he doesn’t do hospital visitations or evangelism calls. That is the work of his members/employees.
I do think the government and churches can learn some things from businesses. For example, you need to balance the budget, be efficient, give good service, etc. But the very nature of these institutions prevents them from being interchangeable in the way they operate. [Read more…]