Cartoon: Pastor Hides Staff Turnover

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July 19, 2013  11:46am

Things are very different in the USA to here (Australia).However, I think it is irpamtont not to just write off everyone who owns a church building (whether big or small) as somehow violating the gospel. I definitely agree that meeting in a huge building for only 3 hours per week is a massive waste of resources. However;1) A church that has paid off a building for say $40,000 in 1970, never has to worry about rent. Over the years, they would save a massive amount of money that could be redirected to missional work (in their own community and overseas). The church building and land may now in 2009 be worth in excess of $1 million. Surely a wise investment. 2) Some churches that have embarked on building programs have done so because their preaching of the gospel in their local community have resulted in many being added to the church. Their current facilities are too small, and they cannot hire anything suitable. They resort to holding 3 or more services on a weekend, which again is not a good use of resources. Why can they not meet as a larger body (in a big building) as well as having home groups and other meetings? 3) If your church were to have a strong focus on preaching the gospel, and as a result, many were saved, how would you propose to continue to disciple these new converts and to have regular meetings together without a building as some of the responses have suggested? If you can think of a great way to do this, could you please point to a successful example. (I'm not saying there isn't one, this is a genuine question).4) I agree that the gospel needs to be preached alongside service to the poor, absolutely! However, don't forget service to the poor as well, there are hundreds (at least) of scriptures that exhort us to do justice and to speak up for the oppressed. Galatians 2: 9-10 is very relevant here: James, Peter and John, those reputed to be pillars, gave me and Barnabas the right hand of fellowship when they recognized the grace given to me. They agreed that we should go to the Gentiles, and they to the Jews. All they asked was that we should continue to remember the poor, the very thing I was eager to do. 5) If we are truly sincere in our desire to be missional and to preach the gospel, then we will examine ourselves first, then others. There is nothing wrong with calling the church to righteousness, however, we really must first begin wtih ourselves. How about some honest self-examination for a change? Where in this post or the responses from the readers (I doubt many from the churches pictured would be reading) is the call to become more missional? Much love in Christ,John

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