Friday, August 14, 2009
Ancient Future Church Building
IMonk has connected me to a story of a PCA Church that just completed a 20 million dollar building program for its 2000 member congregation. What makes it remarkable is that it is built in Gothic Sytle, cross shaped, with a 3 million dollar organ and a totally traditional look like churches built in cities at the turn of the century.
He is ruminating on the relative wisdom of the choice of building in our changing times. He was torn and had good arguements for and against. I lean against for several reasons.
Though it is a multigenerational church, everything they do from music, to choir, to suits, to pulpit robes echos a generation that is passing away. It is unlikely that there will be a return en mass to that style and form, which may limit the future.
A preaching and pulpit centered ministry can change with the passing of the leader. Even the great Coral Ridge building has not been that adaptable to the type of growth and activities of the generation that followed Dr. Kennedy.
20 million would build an equally functional and beautiful multipurpose worship center and large banquest area.
Finally, I really believe large churches are a blip on the radar of God's purposes.
Just my nickels worth.