Leadership and Religion Part 1


Gareth Morgan, Peter Senge, and Eric Trist have an idea that organizations are “Living Systems” (KLeiner, 2007). The Church is an organization and “A Living System” for the “Living God”.

The Building Up of Community

Many religions have practices. The term constellation refers to a grouping of stellar objects that are seen as a configuration even though they may not be particularly close to one another, of the same kind or of the same size (Wenger, 1998). This concept can be seen as multiculturalism for people. The reasons for forming constellations by communities of practice are:

The Reasons For Constellations

  1. Sharing Historical Roots,
  2. Having Related Enterprises,
  3. Serving a Cause or Belonging to an Institution, and
  4. Facing Similar Conditions.
  5. Having Members In Common,
  6. Sharing Artifacts,
  7. Having Geographical Relations Of Proximity Or Interaction,
  8. Having Overlapping Styles Or Discourses, and
  9. Competing For The Same Resources.

Generalized To The Church

  1. Jesus Christ,
  2. Sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ,
  3. The Church, and
  4. The Faith.
  5. Church Members,
  6. Sacred Writings and Art,
  7. Building Locations,
  8. Church Rule, and
  9. Souls For God.

Individual’s Contribution Or Benefit

  1. Common Good,
  2. Community Interaction,
  3. Leadership Opportunity, and
  4. Knowing We Are Not Alone.
  5. Support,
  6. Education and Culture
  7. Opportunities For Support,
  8. Order, and
  9. Missionary Work (Wenger, 1998)

This causes a single community of practice. An example is the United States of America and “The Melting Pot” theory turning into “The Mosaic” theory. The “sharing”, “having”, “serving”, “facing”, and “competing”. We no longer give up our old heritage to belong. With our interactions we now bring culture with us, to “share” with others, “serve” in charity, “facing” our differences, and “competing” through economics.

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