The cancer of church decay

Warren Buffett on the dangers to ongoing success in a business:

“My successor will need one other particular strength: the ability to fight off the ABCs of business decay, which are arrogance, bureaucracy and complacency. When these corporate cancers metastasize, even the strongest of companies can falter.”

How has the United Methodist Church done in avoiding the ABCs of church decay?

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4 thoughts on “The cancer of church decay

  1. Is that a serious question, or rhetorical?

    I’d imagine arrogance would be up for subjective debate.

    Complacency a bit less so. If we measure by global mission, perhaps we would look okay? If by new church starts, probably not very good, though maybe better recently.

    On bureaucracy –– I think we can objectively say that we have reason for concern (or are reaping what we’ve sown) if bureaucracy leads to decay. We could cite, as examples, the size of our Book of Discipline or the percentage of dollars spent on district/conference/agency personnel.

    1. It was both, I suppose. I’m interested in how people see things. I fall in line with your comment, but I also know my perspective is rather limited.

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