To the extent that both comprise of a group of people with a common vision, there is coincidence. That’s where the similarity ends.
1). The purpose of a company is profit-making.
The purpose of a community is Kingdom-building.
2). Companies are instruments of law.
Communities are instruments of love.
3). Companies are a separate legal entity; they are distinct from the members, shareholders and directors.
Communities are the individuals that form the company; they cannot and must not be seen as an ideal separate from the people comprising the community.
“Those who love community destroy community; those who love brethren build community.” – Dietrich Bonhauffer
4). Companies are based on contracts – goods and services are exchanged in consideration for valuable benefits.
Communities are based on covenants – persons are exchanged freely.
5). Companies have a doctrine of separation of powers.
Communities are open and inclusive.