Can We Build A No Church Building Church?
I have heard several in the last few years discuss how we shouldn't have a church building. We should sell the building we have and give that money to mission work. The idea being that people would then just meet in Church homes. I think Barna has been putting this forward to some degree saying that churches as we know them won't exist in 20 years.
In the last year I 've learned that there are groups across the US whose aim is to prevent new churches from being built and also prevent older churches from being renovated. There is apparently such a group doing their work near us. When a new building or remodel happens they vandalize it with the intention of bankrupting Church to its demise. I can't confirm this is true.
I feel like we are called to worship together and build up one another. I also believe that if we didn't come together many of our missional support and community works simply wouldn't happen. From my chair it's a dumb argument (having church takes away from missional work, without the Church much missional work couldn't be achieved.) I think the church is pivotal to mission work and let's not forget support for one another.
I would love to see you tackle this argument on your blog from the biblical perspective.
In coming posts I will address these thoughts and questions. From house churches to the development of buildings for worship and the challenges of building churches, we'll discuss it all.
We can dismiss the "vandalism to the glory of God" concept out of hand. Is this really true? I suppose I ought to no longer be shocked by the nut fringe. This idea is so absurd I'm not sure what to say, other than anyone who approves ought to find a good church to attend.