Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Starfish and the Spider

The book The Starfish and the Spider, by Brafman and Beckstrom, is awesome. It is a serious look at decentralized organizations versus centralized ones. It is a compelling message that needs to be heard today by everyone. I am, of course, in the spiritual world of the church, and to be honest, we should be leading the way in a decentralized movement.

These two authors articulate well, with many profound examples, how powerful we can be if we choose to decentralize rather than keep everything organized around a CEO/Board of directors/Pastor.

For those who are invested in God's kingdom, you must read this book. We should all be connected to the Head, that is Jesus, and He shouldbe leading a decentralized movement to the ends of the earth, but often we control what we have no business taking responsibility for.


Mike said...


I concur with your urging for us to move toward decentralization. I did a little write up after I read the book and posted it here:

I hope it helps you and other readers.


Anonymous said...

Hiya Neil.

Great to see you blogging, if even sporadically.

Devoured "Organic Church" last year and am passing it around to all and sundry.

When you coming Down Under again!??!



Josh Lanier said...


I have spent a couple of years inside the Grace Brethren Fellowship in FL a few years back and have since moved to Denver... anyway, I have been thinking of you as I had heard a lot about you back in the day and never had the chance to meet you or speak with you personally.

I would like to know more about the organic church movement as I have become very much in line with most of what I have heard about it over the years.

Is there anyone in CO that you know of that I could fellowship with on the organic church front?

Thanks for your time.

Anonymous said...

Sounds great; I'm picking it up. Keep blogging. We're listening!