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.
Greek Word: ekklesia – from ek, “out of” and klesis, “a calling”
… a gathering of people who are called out …
If we keep that distinction, we will find ourselves more flexible in regard to the building we call church.
- We will not become so rigid and protective of the facilities that people cannot use them. The church building is for the people, not to become a shrine or god unto itself.
- We will not stifle ministry among the Body and with the community because we are unwilling to make changes to accommodate the possibilities. The church facilities are for use, to accomplish ministry, not to be preserved as they are forever.
- We will not be so stuck in tradition and the way we’ve always arranged furnishings and designated rooms that we can’t rearrange to better promote fellowship and the meeting of people’s needs. The church facilities are mere tools for ministry to and with people, not an end in themselves.
- We will not hold on so tightly if it becomes necessary to make changes or rebuild that we allow these issues to split the church. The church building is a temporal structure, not what defines us or goes into eternity.
Inflexibility often comes in the church when we elevate something to a greater value than it deserves. When we understand that the Church is people and that people have a greater importance, we flex in regard to the church facilities. We promote and emphasize Body life, fellowship, and the living out of the one another commands of Scripture, not the building or even the programs housed in it.