Focusing for a moment on the section of his letter that deals with lack of community, Frank writes:
Which also brings up another important issue: because our view of leadership is a business-based model, and our view of ministry is both pragmatic and simplistic, and we have traded seriousness and sincere forthrightness for anything else that will hold people’s attention, we have no communities. Isn’t it ironic that we have medium- and large-sized social institutions which we can run with competent ability, but all that competence and professionalism really has put us in a place where the people involved don’t even really know each other?
How tragic. But of course, Frank's not close to being alone in lamenting these sad situations. The corporate mentality of bureaucracy and programs have neglected and alienated many Christians. Many are leaving churches and not returning. Many are trying different forms of church and community. Maybe the old wineskins are bursting and God is making new wineskins to hold the new wine. Whatever the case, searching through old wineskins to find something new is a daunting task. God help us.