When enough significant anomalies have accrued against a current paradigm, the scientific discipline is thrown into a state of crisis, according to Kuhn. During this crisis, new ideas, perhaps ones previously discarded, are tried. Eventually a new paradigm is formed, which gains its own new followers, and an intellectual “battle” takes place between the followers of the new paradigm and the hold-outs of the old paradigm.
Sometimes what we have discovered is the hardest thing to change in the leadership minds. Our culture in our business, church, and life gives us a sense of security, but when it comes time to change it becomes a difficult task. The New way of doing business, and church and subsequently Kingdom life is upon us. The systematic mechanical approach to life has been passed over for the more fluid relational version.
Like never in history our world is becoming increasingly smaller, and quite the same to all of us; a holistic view of culture is prevailing. I read an article a few years ago that stated that 40% of this generation will end up working in and living in a different country than they were born in! And like never before in our history we will have the most people wind up working not in the field of their degrees. In other words we are seeing the emergent generation not chasing the social status of their forefathers; yet they will abandon the guaranteed lifestyle of their degree profession for a life of service and social justice. The days of growing up in a small town, going to the same church, etc is giving way to the globalization culture of the Kingdom. One of the new paradigms that we are seeing is the mentality towards business and church life. Both worlds desperately want to make a difference in the world for good, and leave it in a better place.
I have met with multitudes of business owners during these last years of my research and they overall view the church as an institution that just needs their funding to fulfill their own local ministry desires. The church leaders on the other hand have struggles building relationships and bridges with the business leaders as well. Both group are at chasm and frustrated. We are beginning to see the breakthrough in this hour of Kingdom economics and the lines between the two being erased. The church has taken an empowerment role in supporting its parishioners to be in business.
The facts are less than 1% of all church goers will ever be on the church payroll, or ‘full time’ vocation. So that means that 99% of us will either running a business or working in the marketplace as our vocation. The shift has come to equalize the value and validate the spiritual experience of both groups. This is the greatest hour of the Kingdom Living, the lines are truly becoming erased.