CHURCH FACILITIES -
why spend so much money on your building?
I don’t care about the place we meet. It is so unimportant.
I’d rather you spend the money on impacting the community,
not new carpet, or a building campaign.
please do not spend $5 million dollars on dirt.
Sometimes I wonder if God looks at our multimillion dollar church buildings in North America and sees them as graven images. While we defend them as necessary for our worship, He might see them no differently than the golden calf the Israelites built to aid in their worship.
In some ways the buildings themselves represent what is wrong with the church, separated by walls, enclosed in fortresses, and isolated from one another and the world. As the latest, greatest church in town launches a building campaign, the folks down the street struggle to maintain their monstrosity of a building with a dwindling budget.
I think about what it might have been like if the followers of Jesus had never split into sects, each building a monument to their particular doctrine. I know this is in the realm of fantasy now, but what if all of that money and effort had gone into our mission of reaching the world with the gospel?
Some interesting comments from a reader at Andrew Hamiliton's blog:
it might seem crass, but when looking at who benefits most from our big church buildings it would be a far stretch of the imagination to imply that anyone other than the regular attenders of the building were the majority benefactors.
so encourage members to pay an annual fee - maybe it could be 10% of their wage/income.
but when teaching on biblical tithing and offerings, funnel the money to its intended purpose - the poor, the outcast, the widows - to feasts and festivals where none went without and where all had their needs met - especially those who wouldn’t expect to be included - and then we might start to see the church’s true mission - the proclomation and advancement of the kingdom of heaven come “on earth as it is in heaven”.
but that’s just my point of view.
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