Something I've often thought about is "How far should we go in applying business principles to Christian ministry?" In this interview, Phil Vischer, the creator of Veggie Tales tells about how applying a principle from Jim Collins' classic book Built to Last led his company to bankruptcy. An ironic twist is that I remember Bill Hybels in his book Courageous Leadership saying that Christian leaders ought to be applying the very technique (setting BHAGs) that ruined this guy.
The question I'm asking is how much is too much?
Should Christian leaders read business books and say, "All truth is God's truth" and use whatever sounds good?
Should we read them and glean the parts that square with Scripture and discard the rest?
Should we avoid business books altogether in order to avoid the pitfalls that Phil Vischer fell into?
Thanks to Brian Bill for the link.