Church lead­ers should be urged to ex­pand out­reach

The Commercial Appeal - - Sports -

Our church just started a cam­paign to raise money for a new build­ing. I haven’t said any­thing, but I don’t see any­thing wrong with our old build­ing. They say we need it to at­tract new peo­ple, but I’d rather keep things the way they are. I don’t like the idea of go­ing into debt ei­ther (which we may have to do). Am I wrong?

I don’t know if your church needs a new build­ing — but I’m thank­ful your lead­ers are look­ing to the fu­ture, and that they want to reach out to those in your com­mu­nity who may not know Christ or have any con­nec­tion with a church. On one hand, you’re wise to be con­cerned about too much debt; oc­ca­sion­ally I’ve known of churches whose min­istry was crip­pled be­cause they took on an un­wise amount of debt. God is not hon­ored when churches or other min­istries ig­nore sound busi­ness prin­ci­ples. The Bible’s warn­ing ap­plies to or­ga­ni­za­tions as well as in­di­vid­u­als: “The bor­rower is slave to the lender” (Proverbs 22:7).

On the other hand, I hope you’ll en­cour­age those who want to ex­pand your church’s out­reach. I’m thank­ful for the fel­low­ship you’ve ex­pe­ri­enced through your church — but God put us here for a deeper rea­son: to de­clare the good news of Christ’s love to those who do not know him. Je­sus’ com­mand has never been with­drawn: “There­fore go and make dis­ci­ples of all na­tions” (Matthew 28:19). Up-to-date church fa­cil­i­ties may have their place — but even more im­por­tant is a com­mit­ment to use them for God’s glory. Pray for your church and its lead­ers — and pray too that God will give you a bur­den for those in your com­mu­nity who do not know Christ.

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