Buildings and grounds can be leveraged to support a church’s mission—and to extend its presence in the community.
A church is not a building. But I believe a church building is often an outward and visible sign of a congregation's spiritual condition.
“You are here to kneel,” wrote Eliot, “where prayer has been valid.” But which prayers are valid at the Mezquita Catedral, or at Hagia Sophia?
Our steeple came down a few weeks ago. After 50-plus years, it had worn out beyond repair. During the construction, I spent a lot of time standing in the parking lot, staring skyward.
At the peak of its membership in the 1960s, City United Methodist Church in Gary, Indiana, had 3,000 members.