Churches and Non-Profits

I’ve got a few thoughts on the relationship between churches and non-profits sparked muchly by lp’s current predicament. I’ll get to them later, though…

Let me just lead in with this…who’s the greatest non-profit organizer of early Christianity? Paul. Just look at Acts or–far more telling–look at the long list of people in his organizattion that he lists at the ends of his various letters. He had quite a missionary organization going. It wasn’t just a solitary tentmaker wandering around, that’s for sure…

Now, with this in mind, re-read Philippians as a gift acknowledgment letter that triggers another ask.

Even more surprising–re-read Philemon. Throw out everything you think you know about it. I’ve become entirely convinced that the slavery reading we’ve been stuck in for the past couple hundred years completely obscures what it really is.

It’s a major gift ask…


About Derek Olsen

I'm a layman within the Episcopal Church with a PhD in New Testament and an interest in most things medieval, monastic, and liturgical. My chief job is keeping up with my priestly wife and our two awesome kids. In addition to that, I earn a living, run the St Bede's Breviary, listen to loud goth/industrial music, and do some stuff for the church. I currently serve as Secretary to the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music where I'm also co-chair of the Calendar committee and chair of the Digital Publications committee.
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