What Robin Hood Teaches about Church Growth
My wife and I are currently embarking on a long, uphill journey of watching over 100 animated Disney movies in 2018. Our journey has allowed us to watch the classic films Lady and the Tramp, 101 Dalmatians, The Aristocats, and Robin Hood. If you cannot tell by the movies enlisted, I love dog movies. It coincidently goes along with a paper I wrote for school that will soon be a blog: Redefining the Definition of Top Dog in Church Markets.
However, today’s blog is short: Robin Hood teaches us about church growth. We see both how to do church effectively and ineffectively. First, we see church effectiveness by the “pastor” Robin Hood. Robin risks his life, and the life of his trusty sidekick Little John, to help those under his care. As a result, those under his care risk their lives for him and others. There is a shared vision of hope and a future. On the other hand, we see church ineffectiveness by the “pastor” Prince John. John is out solely for himself and his ego. Instead of empowering his trusty sidekick as Robin does with Little John, Prince John repeatedly undermines the snake and treats him like a servant rather than a companion. Prince John holds down those under his care, undermining their individuality. Prince John strives to be the top dog by acquiring more stuff and power. On the contrary, Robin Hood becomes the top dog by working with others on a shared vision.
This little analogy is true with corporate church growth and individual spiritual advancement. Leadership is a fine line to balance. We may be able to acquire a quick spike when we oppress and undermine but to create longevity, we must cooperate, endure risk, and empower others, so that we can, together, become top dogs.