Question: What Part Does a Church Building Play in Evangelism?
It is important to remember that the church is not a building. The church is people. At the same time a building can be used effectively as a place where people can be introduced to Christ.
Those involved in caring for the facilities of the church, therefore, need to keep the following questions in mind.
1. Is the building attractive and does it appear warm and inviting to your particular community? The answer to this question is not the same in every community. That is why it is important to have several good minds thinking together about the answer. Proverbs 11:14 lays out the simple principle, “Where there is no counsel, the people fall; /But in the multitude of counselors there is safety.”
2. Is the amount spent on the building a wise expenditure of finances? Non-Christians like attractive places to attend, but they are also unimpressed when they realize that a church’s emphasis is more on buildings than people, and extravagance rather than balance characterizes the expenditure.
3. What happens when non-Christians enter the building? Are they even more impressed with the warmth and welcome they receive from church members as they enter? Does the church have a well-conceived and effectively executed program to welcome new comers?
4. Is the building considered the sole means of reaching non-Christians? If so, seek to change perceptions. A church building should be a place to receive instruction and training so that the majority of evangelism is taking place outside the building Monday through Saturday.