I just read this off the ThinkChristian website that Rolling Hills Baptist Church in Fayetteville, GA has decided to sell its brand new building and use the money to take care of those in need in the community. Their $1.4 million dollar new facility is nearly paid off, but the congregation overwhelmingly voted to put the church on the market.
This is a quote from the Rolling Hills' website:
…we’ve come to the conclusion that we want to invest more deeply in people rather than property. We’ve grown tired of investing more and more of our budget on mortgage, utilities, insurance, etc… at the expense of ministry and mission.In an interview, Pastor Frank Mercer said:
People lives area falling apart and we’ve got to make a difference. We want to see roofs over people’s heads. We want to see food in people’s bellies.The church plans to meet either in spaces donated from other churches or a rented movie theater.
What would you say if your church decided to do the same thing? Or maybe another question is - could your church do the same thing? Are we too attached to our buildings? Or perhaps that isn't a fair question because buildings can provide strategic ministry centers for the Kingdom. So is having a building necessarily a "bad thing?"
What do you think?
Get Rid of the Building!!
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