Sunday, July 08, 2012
City Harvest Church Success Strategy
A former colleague sent me this link: An Analysis into the Wealth of City Harvest Church.
The written word is forced into a linear mold. I took most of the arguments from the blog post and positioned the trees to form the forest in the NaviMap above. I shall be brief and my apologies to those who are unfamiliar with reading such diagrams. A lot can be written but that would be to fall back into linear form.
The key and interesting bits are the reinforcing loops (virtuous or vicious cycle depending on your perspective). They form the heart of the story.
Click on the picture to get a full size NaviMap if that is helpful to you.
While the enterprise was probably seeded by Box 1: An attractive and youth friendly church worship format, the goal is to arrive at the reinforcing loop between Box 6: "More Networking for the Successful" and Box 7: "More Success, More God's Favor".
Survivor bias ensures the monetary quality of this loop becomes more wealth concentrated. See Box 8: "The Unsuccessful Leaves" Such a church organization will win - totally man made.
For the leaders and financial beneficiary of the church, their interest is in Box 13: "Increasingly Rich Church". This is connected and flow via Box 11 and 12.
Box 9: "Trusted Network, Familiar Culture" is vital for the key reinforcing loop of Box 6 and 7. A well established Box 9 would significantly contribute to the wealth gathering of the reinforcing loop just mentioned. Just consider how this might play out by looking at the YouTube clip on Jack Neo's testimony at City Harvest Church. What a way to gain trust and promote his new movie.