Adequate, appropriate space is important. but ministry should be more about  relationships than having the right facility.

I saw a church fundraising brochure that just sounded strange. It asked “How will building help us reach our community for Christ?”

Good question.

Unfortunately, the answer didn’t make sense.

God has called [this church] to be a lighthouse on the East Coast. Our buildings are used by God to reach more people with the gospel and to train up followers to grow and to go out into the mission field. Our new facilities will provide more space for worship, preschool, children, student, and adult classrooms, fellowship, and choir activities. All of our ministries will benefit from having additional room for growth. In addition, the new Worship Center will allow us to attract and minister to more families from our community.

The goal of our stewardship campaign is to provide for the construction costs of a new 3000-seat Worship Center, a new student center, additional space for childcare, additional adult education space, and other support facilities. These new facilities are being uniquely designed to allow for future growth for many years to come. The buildings will be multigenerational-friendly and will provide a welcoming environment with state-of-the-art technology to help us connect with many different age groups throughout the week. We can successfully accomplish this goal and see lives changed forever through our GREATERTHINGS campaign.

As our family of faith seeks the Lord for His provision in this effort, may we remember the testimony of those members who have gone before us… “What God asks us to do, He will certainly enable us to do!”

Buildings don’t save people. Buildings, at most, provide space where the Bible can be taught, where believers can fellowship together, where people can meet for corporate worship, and where members can be trained in missions and Christian disciplines.  However, this particular church has bought into the concept that buildings are what matter, and virtual connections are good enough.  (“a welcoming environment with state-of-the-art technology to help us connect”)

It is clear the brochure is about money

Q – How will we pay for this?

A – We believe wholeheartedly that God has given us a vision to reach this community for Christ. We have faith that [this church] will rise to the challenge He has set for us. With God’s help and our sacrificial giving, we will reach our goals and build a facility that will help us reach GREATERTHINGS.

In your drive to reach your community, be sure you are people-focused.  Everything this church does for the next 3-5 years will be centered around the $20M building campaign.  Already, facility issues are getting in the way of ministry.  (One ministry was told they could only use the church facilities once a month.)  Either the current building isn’t adequate (it services 2700 attenders now), or the church is facility focused in its orientation.

Adequate, appropriate space is important.  But if your ministry is all about having the right facility to attract people, then your interpersonal witnessing needs a tune-up.