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To answer the question as to whether the church is a business it is vital to look at the purpose and goals of the church. While at the same time examining the purpose and goals of a business. Jack Walman on one of his blogs wrote that “the church is a non-profit group or body of believers who pool all their resources, experience, skills, and gifts together for one common goal; to glorify God and to rescue the perishing of the world.” ( www.patheos.com/blogs) It is imperative to examine and acknowledge what the Bible says about the church and its purpose. Acts 2:42 could be used to explain the purpose of the church “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.” ( Acts 2:42 NIV) as stated in Acts 2:42 the church should be for teaching Biblical doctrine, providing a place of fellowship for believers, observing the Lords supper and prayer. The Church is also commissioned to proclaim the gospel of salvation through Jesus Christ. James 1:27 urges the church to look after the orphans and widows. It is the church’s business to minister to needs of the orphans and widows, not just spiritual needs but all physical needs as well. According to economist Milton Friedman, the main purpose of a business is to maximize profits for its owners, and in the case of a publicly-traded company, the stockholders are its owners. Others contend that a business’s principal purpose is to serve the interests of a larger group of stakeholders, including employees, customers, and at time society for a price. The Goal of a business is to create wealth or profit for all the owners or stockholders. There are no legal and social regulations by which all business aider to. Philosophers in the past asserted that all business, not just some should have social and legal regulations to aider to. Since the church is not in the business of making a profit but instead commissioned to spread the gospel of salvation, making disciple of others (Matthew 28:19-20). Nonetheless, the church is an organization, established by God for the primary purpose of worshiping Him and spreading the good news of salvation to mankind. The CEO of the church is not the pastor or the board of elders but Jesus Christ Himself Who established the church. As the body of Christ, we are accountable to GOD, not just man. The church focuses on concern and love to its followers, about the place of truth and integrity in leadership and bringing order out of chaos (1st Timothy, Titus), about leaders as models (1st Timothy, Titus, (1st Cor 11:1), about leadership character (1st Timothy, Titus), and about generational and gender relationships (1st Timothy, Titus). From the above information, I have concluded that the church is not a business but we are called in to our Fathers business reaching the lost for Christ as we are commanded to go into all the world and to make disciples of all people and then teach these people the very same things that Jesus taught His disciples. As Christians, we bere His name and we are to be His witnesses. There is nothing in the Bible that indicates that the church is a business, however, there must be a structure in the church to avoid chaos. The Apostle Paul reminds us that “God is not a God of confusion but of peace. As in all the churches of the saints” (1st Cor 14:33), so there must be organization and order in the church. Churches have constitutions, policies, and bylaws to protect the church membership, to protect the church’s resources, and to protect church leadership.