In the early 1950’s, an organization called the Association of Parents and Friends of Mentally Retarded Children was started by a group of parents.  Many of these courageous men and women fought the professional system.  At that time, the position of the professional community was that children who were mentally challenged should be put into institutions where they  would receive the kind of help that only professional care giver should give.   At the birth of their mentally challenged children, these parents said their babies would not be institutionalized but they would go home and become part of the family.  This grassroots organization would evolve into The Arc.  Read Act 7:57 and 18, Act 8: 1 and 4.

In scattering the church, the Jews thought they were killing it.  However, it had the opposite effect.  It allowed the church to multiply and grow beyond everyone’s wildest imagination.  Paul has been called the architect of the church.  However, the Jerusalem Sanhedrin must be given the credit for populating the church because their actions caused the Church to become a grassroot organization that was widely disseminated. Paul was the Architect because he was the one person that was principally used by God to formulate a cohesive theology. 

Recently, I heard about a book called The Starfish and the Spider.  The premise of this business management book comes from an examination of these two creatures.  A spider has eight legs and one head.  If one of the legs is cut off, the spider is crippled.  If the head is chopped off, the spider is dead.  The spider is totally dependent on the head for survival.  A starfish is a sea creature with 5 to 10 legs.  But there is no head.  There is intelligence.  The intelligence stems from each leg.  The legs work cooperative to feed and procreate.

Should a leg of a starfish be cut off, it will not kill the starfish.  It will simply grow a new leg.  Additionally, the detached leg will then become a new starfish.  The authors contend that most businesses are formed like spiders and therefore when the markets turn or the head is ineffective, the business dies.

Conversely, newer, highly successful Internet businesses are being formed more like a starfish.  They are loosely connected entities enabled by the Internet that share a core philosophy; but they are able to function independently.  They may or may not have a head person.  Usually, this person is a facilitator, rather than a president or CEO.

More to come…