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 think about these issues in regard to our church facilities:
- Are we honoring God? Does it showcase Him, not us? Are we keeping it attractive, not showy?
- Are we being good stewards of what He has given us? Does it reflect His ownership, not ours? Are we keeping it efficient, not consuming of time, energy, and financial resources?
IF our focus is on LOVING PEOPLE, then we will ask ourselves these questions in regard to our church facilities:
- Does it communicate warmth and welcome to all?
- Does it offer the safety and security needed in today’s world?
In addition to the content on this page the Steering the Church Toward God’s Purposes Leadership Guide provides some brief input about these sets of questions.