A while back, I commented on a wonderful book called The Millionaire Next Door, which explored the realities of wealth in America. Most press was put into the reality that the truly rich generally don't drive high end luxury cars, don't wash their caviar with top flight champagne every night, don't inherit their wealth, and don't live in the toniest neighborhoods. Rather, they are in general entrepreneurs who make a point of saving a portion of their income to build financial security. It is, more or less, a secular version of what Dave Ramsey teaches.
There is another part of what Stanley and Danko write about, however, and that's that most of these entrepreneurs don't earn their wealth in flashy ways. They are plumbers, shopkeepers, dentists, electricians, and the like.
What unites them in their professions is not tools or skills, with the notable exception of one skill; they develop relationships. And to that point, here's an interesting big from The Art of Manliness pointing out the criticality of building relationships that are deep as opposed to wide. If you fail at this, good luck making a small town business work, and that's where most of us live--even New York City is divided into neighborhoods served by small businessmen.
And it strikes me that this is a big crisis confronting the church. My pastor last weekend noted that there is a huge problem when the pastor--celebrity or otherwise--becomes the sole point of contact. This is, in a nutshell, why Mars Hill in Seattle dissolved so quickly. Without Mark Driscoll, it simply didn't make any sense, and it's worth noting that people left quickly--it was not only a single point of contact, but it was a casual, and not a deep, contact.
And along those lines, take note of passages like Colossians 4:7-11, where Paul specifically mentions others in their relationship with the church. In other words, Paul is making sure that the Colossian church is connected to someone else besides him. We should take note of the same.
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