Before asking many of the questions typically voiced about whether or not a church should build new facilities and expand or renovate, let’s first ask some key questions . . .
When asked to identify the greatest commandment, Jesus responded that first and foremost we are to love God with all of who we are and second, to love our neighbor as ourselves (Matt. 22:36-40). Our focus should therefore be to love God and love people.
Church facilities are merely be a tool to help us do that.
If our focus is on LOVING GOD, then we will . . .
So often we use terminology that equates the Church with the building where people meet to worship and learn of God. The true Church, however, is the people. . . . If we keep that distinction, we will find ourselves more flexible in regard to . . .
The Great Commission commands us to build up people into fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ, not that we build up big and fabulous building. . . . The building merely provides a place to . . .
Consumerism can be the accumulation of material goods but it is also an attitude wherein value is attached to the acquisition of goods. We can see this creep into churches when the facilities move from being mere tools to a measure of success. How big and how nice the building is replaces how functional it is for living out God’s purposes.
But, how does God measure success? . . .
Sometimes church leaders look at neighboring churches, other churches in their own denomination, or well-known mega-churches and ask questions like: “How do we compare to them?” “Would more people come to our church if we had a building like their’s?” . . .