- Our church buildings (or buildings of the church) have become too sacred. The building is not the church- the people are. With that in mind, our buildings are mearly a tool for the spread of the gospel. Unfortunately, our buildings have become sacred cows and many churches are reluctant to truly do everything possible to make sure all the rooms in the building are multi-purpose (I'm looking at you, Sanctuary!)
- I am a proponent of no pews in the sanctuary. (Yes, I heard a collective gasp-maybe from Avenue's congregation!) I think sanctuaries should have chairs that are removable, whether your sanctuary is a modern "multi-purpose" room or a gothic looking sanctuary (like Avenue). At Avenue, our sanctuary gets used on Sunday for four services and then sporadically in the week (mostly music rehearsals for Sunday.) If there were chairs in the sanctuary- the floor space could be set up in all sorts of configurations to hold meetings, classes, etc. The sanctuary moves from being a tool to use only once a week for worship- into a tool that can be used everyday of the week. To me, a sanctuary that is only used on Sunday is wasted space.
- Part of building use is tied to vision. What kind of vision do we have to our church? How does our tool (the building) help us meet our calling/vision? If it doesn't- how can we remodel, change, rearrange so that our tool (building) helps us fulfill our vision/calling? Those are some of the questions we should ask when looking at our facilities.
I give Groeschel credit for Open Lifechurch.tv and other resources that they (as well as other churches) are now making available free of charge. A resource like this can be a great encouragement and be a catalyst for other churches to be creative in sharing the gospel.
How is your church sharing resources within your community? How are you using your tools (building) creatively/effectively to share the Gospel?