The World According to kcillini77

April 22, 2008

What would the church be without its buildings?

Filed under: Church,Kansas City,Westside — kcillini77 @ 10:02 pm

I’m trying, really trying to keep from being cynical.  But I really can’t help it.

Next Sunday we start the annual “Come Together” campaign at church.  I think this is the fifth year I’ve been through it, though it may have had a different name at some point.

In essence, it started as a campaign to convince the church that we needed a bigger building to reach our community for Christ.  Once the ball was rolling and commitments were in hand, the building was constructed (with pledge cards in hand, but not necessarily cold hard cash).  Every year, we enter this “celebration time” which is pumped up as a time to reflect on all the great things our church is doing and dream even bigger.  But a key component of it is getting the newbies to sign on to help pay off the debt that the church amassed when it decided God was calling it to build a huge building and to remind us who may have fallen off the wagon that we need to keep giving as well.

There’s a part of me that thinks I should be preparing my heart for God to speak to me and show me that my church is indeed right and that it is very important that we have this building paid off in order for the gospel to be communicated.  But what I keep hearing is this:  Worst case scenario, if the church loses the building, so what?  Yeah, our big machine that keeps kids programs going and cool worship bands playing wouldn’t be able to maintain the status quo.  But the church could survive.  The church would survive.  In fact, the church would truly need to “come together” and seek God for guidance as to how to proceed.

Don’t get me wrong.  I’m not rooting for my church to lose its building.  But it’s not the church’s building in the first place, just like my house isn’t really my house.  It’s the bank’s, and by God’s will I am allowed to stay in it for the time being.  And if God wills the church to lose its building, then that is his prerogative.  So let’s just skip the pep talk and work on the gospel, okay?



  1. Bigger and better isn’t just what ‘the world’ struggles with, is it? Granted, Westside has seemingly done a great job with all of the ‘stuff’ it can do with it’s awesome building. But you’re right…sometimes the focus is way too centered on raising more money, keeping the building that ‘God wanted us to have’.

    I keep looking at the original Church in Acts. It’s what I believe God wanted the Church to be and there was no focus on structures. The closest thing to even a foundation was a PERSON in Peter (The Rock on which the Church was built). We’ve gotten WAY far away from all that.

    Comment by Joshua — April 23, 2008 @ 3:53 pm | Reply

  2. so okay…how am I supposed to deal with the machine when we can’t even convince people to give freakin $.06 a day to feed kids? I really don’t care about the building and a fancy coffee bar. Seriously. Call me whatever name you want. I am sure the list is long. I also don’t want to play the martyr or poor me…but dang. You say “church building” I say “what church”?

    Comment by Kristiapplesauce — April 24, 2008 @ 3:46 pm | Reply

  3. I agree that this time is annual and could be the same old thing but you also need to realize the past year has been hard on this church. I have had a hard time giving lately – been like pulling teeth so maybe some encouragement and some vision casting is important not only to the newbies but to people like me who have been there awhile. I will post more of my thoughts on my page concerning this subject. As far as the church surviving absolutely and do we have things that are not really necessary absolutely.

    Comment by tageis — April 24, 2008 @ 6:25 pm | Reply

  4. How did it go????

    Did your top explode! Ha!

    Stuff like that really is tough. Bad stewardship depends (for me) on not so much how much, but more of a percentage. If a church is dumping over 50% of it’s money this is not good. No different than my wife and I paying more than 20% on rent.

    Comment by Nathan — May 5, 2008 @ 1:14 pm | Reply

  5. Cheers.

    Comment by Nathan — May 5, 2008 @ 1:20 pm | Reply

  6. Hey…so Matt, not to um, tell you what to do or whatever…but I come here like everyday to see what’s up…and you never seem to update. I think you should more often, because we all like to read your thoughts. Just a thought. Okay, thanks.

    Comment by Kristiapplesauce — May 8, 2008 @ 3:08 am | Reply

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