A couple of years ago, I ran across a site that had several sample brochures. What kind of brochures? Brochures to advertise your new church.
Now, these advertisements were not meant for people in the community where the church would meet. No, these brochures were meant to be sent to other churches in order to convince them to support your team as you started a new church.
One of the samples was produced by a group of three men, each of whom planned to have a leadership role in their new church. Their goal was to move to a new city, rent a place to meet, and encourage people to come meet with them. They decided that they could do this for $700,000 for the first 2 years.. And, they were sending this brochure to people in order to raise $700,000 to cover their expenses… mostly salaries ($500,000) and rent.
Now, I’m concerned about many things related to this brochure, and others like it on that site. But, the question that this kind of thing raises for me is this: “What does it take to be a church?”
According to the people putting together the brochure that I mentioned, it takes leadership, alot of money, and a nice meeting space. Is this what it takes to be a church?
Similarly, I’ve heard of groups meeting together (maybe calling themselves a Bible study) for several months before they “launch” their new church. What was the difference between the “Bible study” and the “church”? The difference was a special meeting time and place. Is this what it takes to be a church?
What does it take to be a church?