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Structure follows strategy

05 July 2013, 13:28

An organisation is ‘a social unit of people that is structured and managed to meet a need or to pursue collective goals. All organisations have a management structure that determines relationships between the different activities and the members and subdivides and assigns roles, responsibilities and authority to carry out different tasks. Organisations are open systems – they affect and are affected by their environment.’ (Source: www.businessdictionary.com)

Organisations usually articulate their vision (desired future picture) and mission (how they will attain this goal) in statements that serve to guide its members. Organisations obviously form a critical part of our economy and society. With the changes in the South Africa, many organisations have committed themselves to the upliftment and transformation of our society and many are exemplary corporate citizens. Typically a chief executive and senior management team are accountable to a Board of Directors.

It is usually the leadership’s responsibility to define the vision and mission and to cascade down the hierarchical structure of the organisation. Often the success of an organisation can be ascribed to the quality of the leadership and their ability to inspire its members. The vision and mission are then refined into functional strategies to give practical expression to these goals. The middle layer is occupied by middle managers whose role it is to manage the tasks on a daily basis. Successful companies have effective marketing campaigns backed by a recognisable brand. They also attract, develop and retain their talent. Furthermore, they also ensure that they impact their environments positively in various ways. Last, but not least, they structure the organisation in the most optimal way to achieve their objectives.

Organisations thus fulfil a vital role in our lives and with the right people in the right roles serve as frameworks that have the potential to achieve incredible results, not only profits. 

What would the strategic objectives of Kingdom of God be? And how would one structure it to achieve these objectives?

Yeshua spoke at length about the Kingdom of heaven during the years of His ministry. Kingdom simply means ‘king’s domain or area of influence’ so the first paradigm shift to make is that we are talking about a King and His Kingdom, not a democracy. This King issues mitzvoth (commandments) not suggestions; in other words, His standards are clear and to follow Him you need to follow those standards.

Let us consider some of the things that Yeshua said about the Kingdom: The Book of Luke records these: 4: 43: He has come to proclaim the good news to the poor; 6:20: Blessed are the poor because the Kingdom belongs to them; 9:62: whoever puts his hand to the plough and looks back is not fit for the Kingdom; 13:20: He likened it to yeast that a woman took and it with three measures of flour. Then Acts 1:3 after His resurrection He continued teaching His talmidim about the Kingdom; Rom 14:17: Paul explains that the Kingdom does not consist of food and drink but of righteousness, peace and joy.

The first thing is that the Kingdom is not visible to the natural eye. We learn from the Hebrew Scriptures that our world is visible to Heaven (also to fallen beings) and that they can access and exit it. Our earthly bodies restrict us, although there are many records of instances when the Divine Presence (Shekinah) manifested (became visible to the natural eye)

Messiah seems not to have valued hierarchy and called His talmidim His friends (equals). No budgets for branding and marketing purposes. No investments in property. Also, it seems Yeshua was unaware of the importance of tithing as He hardly referred to it. At no point did He make it a requirement for say healing. No cathedrals or fancy auditoriums, houses were okay to meet in. If He wanted to address crowds, the available open spaces were okay.  He used simple stories with profound truths yet was often in danger of losing His life for what He said. No committees. His close group of talmidim were twelve simple men.  

Have spiritual laws changed over the years? If not, then why is it that the structures and approaches of entities that say they pursue the Kingdom of God are often so different from Messiah’s? Or is there something that we grasp that He did not?

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