Day 31 of Lent

Saw a church sign the other day at a very large building that said "bake sale for missions."

The thought occurred to me that we may have it backwards.  Instead of having fundraisers to cover the cost of our mission work shouldn't we have fundraisers to cover the cost of our buildings?  I think it would probably to be a very successful bake sale AND we would already have all the mission work we could handle worked into our budget (thus, not necessitating special events to cover things we "don't" have the money for).

I think I remember Shane Claiborne saying churches need public space for congregating when the private space of members becomes unavailable.  In other words, you could say the church has PLENTY of space.  In the homes of church members.  It's just, well, honestly, they don't want anyone in their home.

I also remember Mike Slaughter saying that bricks and mortar should always enable ministry outside the church - not hamper it.  When you build, it can stop you from being able to do what you need to do because you become worried about maintaining the facility.

Then there is is something in the Bible about the People of God being the Body of Christ, or something like that. (sarcasm by the way)

Granted, I don't know that church and I'm sure they are doing lots of great things to reach out to those in need.  Even have it in their budget too.

Granted, I work in a big church working through these very theological questions.

But you get my point.  Let's keep first priorities first.