The Abolition of the Church Building

29 07 2010

I’ve always wondered what it would be like to fast from church buildings for one week. Just one week. I’ve also wondered what it would be like to fast from denominationalism for one week.

But let’s start small; I’ll stick with church buildings.

I think lives would change, for better and for worse.

Hopefully more would change for the better. Hopefully many would realize the freedom in ministering purely from what they had to offer and not what their building had to offer.

Hopefully the tithe and offering set aside for building upkeep could go somewhere else; like to the rent of a church-member who gives us much time as she can but can’t seem to get a break with work.

Here’s my challenge. I wonder if I church can step back into time and live church without the church office, the pastor’s study, the sanctuary, or the vestibule. I wonder if we can live church without the kitchen, the classrooms, the microphones, the pews, the banners, and the wooden cross at the front.

And remember Christ through our bodies. Coming together. Sitting outside. Maybe even on the grass; and listening to the sermon. And eating together at each other’s houses. And getting what needs to get done in each other’s living rooms with our old or modern lamps, couches, rugs, hardwood floors.

Maybe we can meet and get a sweet taste of the rustic church. The church that didn’t have what we have today. And see if we feel any purer. And see if we’re washed over with any emotion: guilt, love, joy, peace, easiness or uneasiness.

Let’s just see and feel the mobile church culture that Jesus lived in and out of.

I have a feeling that the church building won’t matter as much as it used it. I won’t be the biggest and most expensive part of our theology anymore.

God will.

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