by Kent Johnson https://der-ruf.info/ 09/02/2013
In July of 1998 Peter F Drucker, father of modern business management, boasts to an Argentinian community organizer that with the financial support of a Texas tycoon, he is transforming society– first by rebuilding the whole Christian church.
„…the churches are the best place to start– they are still the most effective community organization–provided they are effective at all. As you know, I have been working with a close friend (Bob Buford– one of the founders of the Drucker Foundation) on the Protestant ‚Megachurches‘ for more than twenty years in the United States– we are now moving to the small and medium-sized churches– still most Protestant ones, though we are beginning to attract the first Catholic ones. IF they effective–and alas , most of them are not–, they are still the most effective and important community organizations, and so, I am working to make them effective.“
Peter F. Drucker, Fax to Carolina Biquard, July 15, 1998
Carolina Biquard had founded Fundacion Compromiso (The Commitment Foundation) in 1994 with Drucker’s inspiration and guidance. Like Bob Buford’s Leadership Network, it uses churches as the leading edge of social „transformation“, but its grand goals are not specifically Christian. Note that Ms. Biquard is a fellow of Bill Drayton’s Ashoka Foundation, named for the warrior-king who united the Indian sub-continent under Buddhism after a career of bloody conquest. The Ashoka Foundation logo symbolizes the Bodhi tree under which Gautama Buddha meditated until achieving enlightenment.
„Drawing upon the philosophy of North American management specialist Peter Drucker, Carolina Biquard is developing and spreading a new model of training and support for Argentine citizen sector organization…
The private business elite who had down-sized the government social safety nets, preaching salvation by a de-regulated, lightly taxed marketplace, had to admit that their their „greed is good“ gospel failed to build a better world. Now they began to seize control of charities and churches, according to Drucker’s grandiose plan:
„Due, however, to a significant reduction in government services and the failure of market forces to adequately address social needs, a powerful new citizen sector has emerged in recent years and has established itself as a key actor in the daily lives of Argentines. Known as the „third sector,“ this group is comprised of not-for-profit organizations working in all areas of community concern and providing social services throughout Argentina. Only recently has the „third sector“ begun to command the respect, interest, and cooperation of a wide array of citizens, government officials, and the private sector.“
Ah, yes, the private sector’s benevolent interest in the „third sector“—the Bob Bufords of the world, self-styled „social entrepeneurs“, converting their financial success into world domination by exploiting the untapped potential of the non-profit sector, beginning with the church.
Of course, every great rebuilding project requires some demolition.
Drucker to Biquard:
BUT the greatest obstacle– and not only in the US and not only in the
Protestant churches–is that the seminaries simply do not prepare priests and ministers to build and run a congregation. I have come to the conclusion that we better give up on the seminaries and organize mid-career professional education of the clergy, and Bob Buford and I are going to meet next Monday to discuss this.“
Buford and Drucker had determined over a decade earlier that for the billionaire social entrepeneurs to transform society through the church, Christianity itself would have to be completely rebuilt by asking the „important questions“…the same questions the vaguely Christian „Old Kierkegaardian“ would ask of any secular enterprise:
„What is our business? What should it be? What should it not be? Who is our customer?“ What is value to the customer?“
–Drucker memo to Buford, 1986
As Drucker began asking these questions, he found an enemy within the church: The denominations and their stodgy seminaries that value doctrinal integrity of historical, orthodox Christianity–the gospel of Jesus Christ– above the spiritual consumerism advocated by prophets of Church Growth like C.Peter Wagner and Rick Warren.
We’ll continue the story of the Drucker- Buford New Reformation in our next installment.
(Quelle: Kent Johnson https://der-ruf.info/)