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Church Building Amnesty

13 May, 2003 2:23 PM

A few years ago our national government held a gun amnesty where people brought their illegal firearms to local police stations to hand in. They could not be charged with possessing illegal weapons as long as they handed them in. In some cases the government even paid for these weapons in a 'buy back' scheme.

In continuing my last posts thread of conversation - I want to suggest that maybe its time for a Church Building Amnesty!!! Maybe I'm getting a little carried away....in fact there is no 'maybe about it'....but perhaps if churches who were not utilising their buildings well would all sell their buildings then we could get on with the Great Commission in earnest!

I know its laughable, I know I'm 'dreamin', I know its stupid, but imagine if it actually did happen. If for some reason the government decreed that churches were not allowed to own buildings any more and that they should all be sold!

How would we operate...what would happen...what would YOU put the money that would come in into?? How would you spend it? Not asking a rhetorical question here....tell me what you'd do!



Hmmmmm, I'm intrigued with this. I think it is a legitimate notion. And I don't know if this is strange but the first thing I thought of when you said that Darren, was "persecution".

A friend of mine in So CAL, USA is an emerging church Pastor and a pretty slick negotiator on top of it. He once talked an old dead church to give up their church building to a younger vibrant church group. The building was one of those collossal, cathedral'ish, gothic, old stone jobs! And they just handed it over! Astounding! Any how, I too would like to see more a challenge to grow come upon the scene.

Rich » 13 May, 2003 11:38 PM

I've been thinking about this more tonight and talking about it a bit with V - still getting my head around it.

I don't want to come across as being 'anti-building' (or perhaps the pomo way of saying it would be 'post-building') but I do wonder if sometimes buildings could limit our potential to grapple with mission at times. Unless we are very intentional and focused its so easy to get distracted by peripheral issues sometimes. I suspect the building can be one of these.

However there are a couple of times in my limited experience where I've seen church buildings really enhance mission - so its not so simple as to say buildings=bad.

Darren » 13 May, 2003 11:55 PM

There's a church in Swansea that has been turned into sheltered accommodation for adults with learning difficulties - still looks like a church from the outside but the worship space is way reduced from previously, an the bulk of the building is now these flatlets. There's another near the station, that is about to undergo a similar plan - the "church" part will be reduced to what's now the chancel, and the rest of the space will be converted into a daycentre for homeless people. Also, churches should be made use of for caf�s, youth projects, outreach of one sort of another, on the 6 remaining days of the week, they don't necessarily have to give up the building, just give a lot more thought to *how* they are using the space and why. Just my tuppenceworth! alice

alice » 14 May, 2003 2:57 AM

your dreaming church buildings are good. ours is used really well and is good for the community

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