I'm proud to be an American-uh, I mean Christian

Phyllis' post on Icons and Other Leadership Problems has me thinking about the American worldview, and how it is so managerial/organizational that it's difficult for us to read scriptural instructions on church and leadership and hear them through any other lens. Despite the mantra that "the church isn't the building, it's the people", you'll be hard-pressed to find many who will validate a community as a church if it doesn't have a Sunday morning meeting, a building, a budget, and lots of administrative meetings. (The latter is probably my favorite. I'm fascinated by the way we've come to equate meetings with effectiveness. The more you're invited--read expected--to attend, the more important you are to the group.) Yet reading scripture's instructions to communities and leaders contain much more with which we are too busy to be bothered.

Major values like, the least among you shall be treated as the greatest, were completely missing from my church experience. Now, I'm not sure we can even hear such instructions. Or we think of them as minor values, things with which to be concerned after the building, budget, Sunday morning show and administrative meetings are in place. We are an American organization, with not enough Christ-following to distinguish us from any other.
(One friend even described the Sunday morning experience as having a "Fortune 500 business meeting feeling".)

Unless you count as a distintive that a "relationship with Christ" is the particular product we're marketing and selling.