What is Called 'Church' is Big Business
The modern denominational corporate entity called 'church' is big business. It would be a futile endeavour to prove to the contrary once you follow the paper trail. It is a religious system that sells a commodity called the 'gospel.'
The Business Plan
Today, what is called the 'gospel' is about promoting a particular denominational name-brand through various advertising techniques and marketing channels. The strategies are endless as strategic business concepts are implemented to bait and lure people into buying their religious wares.
To be a successful businessman aka 'Pastor' certain protocols and principles must be implemented to get people to buy into what they are selling. Before the products can be sold and distributed on a large scale, the person(s) behind the product must build rapport and tout their credentials before the big launch. Usually, going to a seminary, receiving some credentials and certifications coupled with a title is helpful to the cause.
The Road to CEO
The aspiring Pastor will hold meetings with family and friends to do some vision casting. Upon a consensus of approval, the implementation of the essentials, or 'business start up kit' is set into motion.
Starting with the best foot forward is to continue working at a regular job while running the business of church on the side until the spiritual vocation matches the salary-wage of the normal job. This is just start to getting things rolling and a stable launching pad to reaping the benefits of the goal of attaining the elite title of CEO, or Senior Pastor of the religious organization.
One of the keys to a good upstart is 'diversification.' You can go to school and work a regular job at the same time and ask people to support you in your upstart ministry because you are doing ‘God’s work.’ Upon graduation and being debt free from taking money from those who who believe in the cause, the next step is to network with other religious business partners that support spiritual vocations off the backs of the people. Receiving support and mentoring from fellow entrepreneurs is key in partnering with others who have a vested interest in expanding the 'mission field' or business venture. The, 'I scratch your back, you scratch my back' is set into play and can be leveraged in the future.
The key to every successful religious business is to have financial backing of people called ‘tithing members.’ Once this hurdle is out of the way, you are well on your way to growth as people can be baited with programs with hype and entertainment to keep the clientele coming back for more. One of the most important principles of success is to cater to the carnal desires of the people.
Growth brings many different dynamics; therefore, it is good to have people around that share in your same vision of success. Confidentiality agreements are integral to muzzling any divisiveness and helps keeps the operation running smoothly. It is important to exude success because following someone who is achieving success is highly contagious. Many celebrities use these same techniques.
The numbers don’t lie as time (indoctrination) and investment (tithes) into the Pastor's vision will start to pay off. Internal employees as well as outside financial strategists can help to launder (whitewash) the monetary that comes from the pew-warmers. When everything is done 'in the name of Jesus' (it is really the god of mammon), it is called 'bearing fruit' (increasing assets).
The hired staff must submit to board driven agenda and stand by their business (denominational) agenda at all costs. The livelihood of the shareholders depends on the system for their success.
Having professionals in your corner is a must. Secretaries, managers, ministers, strategists, assistants, accountants, etc. are responsible for looking after the economy of the ministry. When the bottom line is questioned, the CEO (Senior Pastor) decides who is to be 'let go.' The one at the top of the hierarchical ladder is sole dictate of ousting those who are not committed enough to the cause (enterprise). The confidentiality agreements coupled with tithing covenants are the safeguards against the 'dissenter.’
The worldly business model and the church system are identical twins. The only difference is that they wear different masks. One serves mammon, and the other, both God and mammon.
Brand Name Loyalty
Indoctrination and loyalty to a certain brand name is hard to break free from. Paid staff, the steeple and sheeple are the result of the sophistry of slick and savvy entrepreneurs. The pulpit is a good platform to able to woo the masses. The end result are people who are seared in indoctrination who willingly pay the expenses and their dues to a man-driven top down structure. The ones at top have a life of ease by burdening their consumers to buy more and more of their wares.
The Bottom Line
The buyers (church members) are told that they are part of 'God’s plan.' The CEO Pastor will say that his vision (business plan) has been given to him by God. Anyone who opposes his vision (business) over the people are deemed 'divisive' to the Gospel (the bottom line). Opposing the business plan (gospel) means opposing God Himself.
'Just look at the numbers,' he says. 'Souls (new tithing members) are being won!'
Who could not deny the one who has been trained in the religious seminaries of men to be 'God's chosen one' to implement 'God’s vision' (business) to the masses?
'Do not touch God’s anointed,' he says.
Many Scriptural parallels are used to back the business (church) plan, but they are mere distortions to fit their template of commerce called the gospel.
The many popular techniques of this world to veer the masses to glorify man's religious name brands. Partaking of a system that turns worshipping God into a product of commerce is an abomination to Him.
Do you buy into a religious business as a means of selling God to others?
- What is Called Church is a 'Non Profit' for Profit Business
Many who attend religious buildings can accept the fact that their denominational entity is a 'non-profit' religious charity, but will scoff when it is called 'big business.'
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