Unfortunately, that time is almost up.
To explain why I think this, we first must take a side trip to Mexico.
The drug business down south has always been dominated by a few cartels…”denominations” if you will.
The leaders of those cartels cut deals with each other and the authorities to minimize violence and maximize profit.
A few years back, someone got the bright idea to take down those leaders in the belief it would shatter the cartels.
What really happened was that the cartels split into factions, violence soared, and Mexico is two shakes away from being a failed state.
The drugs have flowed north unimpeded…while the politicians hold a few famous scalps and hide.
Taking down a few big names didn’t change the culture or the structures that enabled them.
In our free market religion where the pastor is an entrepreneur of an independent business instead of the leader of a family, numbers and profile are going to be the dominant motivating factors.
Independence will trump accountability and “vision” will relegate faithfulness to just a religious term used by old folks.
The same methods that denominations (and non denominational denominations) use to shield themselves against financial liability shield them from real accountability on anything but a very local level.
Our minuscule attention spans keep us from caring unless it’s our proverbial ox being gored.
The bigger the name the greater chance that attention will be paid, but the structures and the cultures will remain unchanged.
The “fame” clock will not be reset until they are…