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    HOW TO KNOW When YOU'VE CREATED a MONSTER

    by Terry Somerville


    Have you ever noticed how you can follow the Lord, and lovingly

    create a ministry organization to better do the work, then one

    day the "creature" develops a life of its own, gets off the table and

    begins to terrorize those who created it? It happens because of

    fallen human nature and the power of the world systems we used.

    Igor put a criminals brain in the creature instead of the one you

    expected! Here is how to know if you've created a monster!


    1. A Monster Is Created From Dead Body Parts.

    If you are building an organization, and it means wounding

    members of the body of Christ, it's a sure sign that a monster is

    being created. Whatever God does comes forth as a manifestation

    of His love in His church and results in peaceful fruit in the Body Of Christ.


    "For wherever jealousy and rivalry exist, there is disorder and every

    kind of evil. However, the wisdom that comes from above is first of

    all pure, then peace-loving, gentle, willing to yield, full of

    compassion and good fruits, and without a trace of partiality or

    hypocrisy. And a harvest of righteousness is grown from the seed

    of peace planted by peacemakers." - James 3:16-18


    2. A Monster Is "Stitched" Together

    Man's organizations usually label people, and artificially stitch

    them together often in roles not suited for them. One classic

    monster is the force fit of the "pastor led" congregation. Why is

    the least mentioned ministry in the bible made the standard, and

    the most mentioned ministry (apostle) ignored? How hard it has

    been for evangelists, prophets, and apostles to fit into "pastoring".


    Contrariwise, the Church Jesus is building is perfectly fit together

    by God. When He leads we see it carried out on earth.


    "God has appointed in the church first of all apostles, second

    prophets, third teachers....." - 1 Cor.12:2


    3. A Monster Develops a Life Of It's Own

    All monsters will eventually wake up, break the straps and gets

    off the table. This is true of our mild mannered organizations also.

    Something shocks it to life, and the restraints are gone. It

    develops a mind of its own. A tide of issues, and events that have

    nothing to do with the original purpose for the organization

    descend on the creators. Some welcome it, and thrive in the

    energy. For others it scary. Your input seems to make no

    difference, the creature only makes unintelligent noises. Your

    instinct is to direct it, but the truth is the creature has it's own life now!


    But in the Body of Christ life always flows from the head, that is,

    from Christ. It is not created or organized, but received. The true

    church is born because of His life. It never was ours to create.


    "...grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:

    from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by every

    ligament with which it is equipped, as each part is working

    properly, promotes the body's growth in building itself up in love.."

    Ephesians 4:15, 16


    4. A Monster Demands That You Feed It

    When a monster wakes up it soon begins to consume your

    resources. The primary purpose shifts to perpetuate it's own

    existence. The same is true of our human organizations. The

    original purpose may have been wonderful, but must eventually

    take a back seat to maintaining the organization itself. You now

    feed the monster.


    Check out the steroidal church organization. We serve "the vision"

    rather than Christ. Far more is spent on the typical church building

    and salaries than on the church mission. This monster doesn't

    care what it was originally made for, only that it be housed and fed.

    The monster is the mission.


    In Jesus' Church things are different. He is the source of life. He is

    the one who died and rose again for her. He will build His church.

    It is not an institution, but the people.


    ".. I will build my church, and the forces of hell will not overpower it."

    (Matthew 16:18)


    5. A Monster Goes Out Of Control

    You know you have a monster when you run around "putting out

    the fires" that it starts. In monster-territory, control becomes a big

    issue. Your beloved laboratory is destroyed. The peace is gone.

    Joy and hope gives way to painful fights over who is in the driver's

    seat. It seems that man's organizations can sometimes bring the

    worst out in anyone. If it's a monster, someone MUST take control.


    In His church there is only one driver on the bus, Jesus Christ, and

    we are to love and serve one another. If there are fights to drive the

    bus there is only one conclusion. The bus must be man's creation,

    and out of control.


    "For from him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom

    be glory for ever. Amen." (Romans 11:36)


    6. A Monster Is Only Loved By Little Children and The Blind.

    The strange part about monsters is the most unlikely people will

    fall in love with them. Generally the poor, misunderstood monster

    is calmed down. After all, he's just looking for someone to love him.


    The same is true when our Christian institutions become monsters.

    They are best served by the innocent or the blind. Just talk

    sweetly and go along with things and everything seems to run

    smoothly. Heaven help those who notice the hands, feet and head

    are stitched onto what looks like a corpse!


    7. A Monster is Eventually Killed By The Angry Mob.

    Ultimately, all institutions outlive their usefulness and come to an

    ignoble end. If it's a monster, it will be killed. For church

    organizations that become monsters, the end is often at the hands

    of an angry mob determined to finish the "reign of terror." When

    this happens, you know they have killed a monster.


    The genuine church that Jesus started cannot be stopped. He

    lives for ever!


    He is also the head of the body, which is the church. He is the

    beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that he himself might

    have first place in everything. (Colossians 1:18)


    Epilogue - Repeated Until Christ Returns.

    Even though the villagers rise up and kill the monster, the

    strangest thing will take place. Like some "B" horror movie, the

    survivors will start building another monster from the parts!

  • #2
    Institutionalization - means when a organization or company is started for some goal but eventual the benefit of the institution and or its bosses becomes the goal. Companies run for profit have profit as their goal. Such companies never under go the institutionalization process since from the very beginning the existence was for the benefit of the company and its owners. Institutionalization has occurred in government (executive, legislative, judicial, and agencies), non profits, hospitals, school districts, colleges and universities, NPR and PBS, and of course churches, etc.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by glen smith View Post
      Institutionalization - means when a organization or company is started for some goal but eventual the benefit of the institution and or its bosses becomes the goal. Companies run for profit have profit as their goal. Such companies never under go the institutionalization process since from the very beginning the existence was for the benefit of the company and its owners. Institutionalization has occurred in government (executive, legislative, judicial, and agencies), non profits, hospitals, school districts, colleges and universities, NPR and PBS, and of course churches, etc.
      Thanks for the reply Glen. How true, this takes place in all institutions. Our Federal Government has become a beast that cares nothing for the people it is supposed to serve, but instead only cares about feeding itself. The beast ends up consuming the very people it was created to serve.

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