Church is not an event and it is not a place. Church is people, not so much the steeple. Take out the pews and put in some beds for friends with no homes. Remove the pulpit and put in a dance floor. If your church has a kitchen, feed the hungry. The mother with only 20 dollars to feed a family of five for the next two weeks should get to eat in God’s café free of charge. She should go home with some clothes in a bag and various smiles in her mind’s eye.
Better yet, the people of God should know the color on her living room walls and the scuff marks on her baseboards. The church is in her home.
Let’s say the church building gets burned down and the insurance company won’t pay out. Let’s say you lose the building. So what? Are the people of God defined by a building? No, of course not. The family is stronger than any truckload of bricks, more firm than any concrete.
You can take the building away, but you cannot remove the spirit.
Carry on, people. Carry on