What we can learn from the church example

The other day I listened to an audio version of Alain de Botton’s TED talk from 2011 called Atheism 2.0. This post is not about religion or the antithesis of it – neither was Alain’s talk.

However, what it is about is the example it tends to set about ways to create, manage, and grow effectively and efficiently within an organization. Alain himself said it best with his closing line:

“You may not agree with religion, but at the end of the day religions are so subtle, so complicated, so intelligent in many ways that they are not fit to be abandoned to the religious alone – they are for all of us.”

Consider the effectiveness that religions have when spreading messages. They tend to break down the generational divides; they are geographicaly agnostic; with a few exceptions there are no gender biases; and in most settings there are not racial or sexual preference issues.

Consider the franchise element and how they manage brand quality.

What about the commitment level of its employees?

What about the loyalty of its customers?

So the question for us to consider is how can we learn from “the church” as an example of an organization with superb communication and support mechanisms.

What if businesses operated a little more like churches?

What can other non-profits learn from “the church?”

What about the moral elements of “the church?” How would it change the aspects of business if they were embraced in a similar way?

I conclude with questions…more questions than answers perhaps. However, isn’t that what TED talks are all about?