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What Matters Now: How to Win in a World of Relentless Change, Ferocious Competition, and Unstoppable Innovation by Gary Hamel

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3.2

BECOMING AN ENEMY OF ENTROPY

There aren't many institutions that have been around since the time of Julius Caesar, but the Christian church is one of them. Despite its longevity, Christianity has recently been on the defensive, particularly in Europe and North America.

Mainstream denominations have been losing mindshare among the planet's richest and best–educated inhabitants. Like their CEO counterparts, church leaders are being forced to confront a simple but profound truth: in a world of accelerating change, relevance can never be taken for granted.

That was the gist of my message when I stood in front of 7,000 clergy at a conference organized by the Willow Creek Community Church in Barrington, Illinois. Willow Creek is one of America's ...

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