Investing in people, not property
Rolling Hills Baptist in Fayetteville, Georgia, sold their building and property and moved their meetings into a local movie theater.
According to their website:
…we’ve come to the conclusion that we want to invest more deeply in people rather than property. We’ve grown tired of investing more and more of our budget on mortgage, utilities, insurance, etc… at the expense of ministry and mission…
In the first 300 years of Christianity there were very few brick and mortar churches. While “religious people” were building elaborate temples and houses of worship to celebrate their faith, Christians were spending their money supporting widows and orphans; meeting the benevolent needs of their community; and sponsoring the work of apostles and missionaries all over the known world.
That’s the kind of church we want to be; a church of flesh and blood, not brick and mortar.
Video below or here.
Pastor Frank Mercer has a great post on his blog about what it means to be ‘missional’ which in part says:
- It’s not about how many people come to our church services – it’s about how many people our church serves.
- It’s not about our seating capacity – it’s about our sending capacity.
- It’s not about making decisions – it’s about being disciples.
- It’s not about building a monument – it’s about being a movement.
- It’s not about being an organization – it’s about being an organism.
- It’s not about keeping pace with the Joneses – it’s about keeping pace with Jesus.
- It’s not about competing for members – it’s about creating partnerships for mission and ministry.
Your church doesn’t have to sell the building or property to be effective in service to others.
What are you currently and purposefully doing to serve those outside the congregation?