It seems clear to me that we need structure if we’re going to see organisms flourish. The structure exists to support the life that’s there, and is only good in as much as it helps the flourishing of that life. I wrote about this in Part 7 of my Missional Communities series:
As things grow, some form of organization or structure is necessary if we wish to see things continue to grow… some kind of structure is actually necessary for the ongoing flourishing of life.
The assumption I’ve made in this regard is that structure follows life from a chronological standpoint. Life emerges, and we put structure in place to support the life that’s there. But something I read in an advance copy of Mike Breen‘s upcoming book Multiplying Missional Leaders has me wondering about that.