Rolling Hills Baptist Church had decided to sell the land and building that they’ve owned for more than 20 years. You can read about the story here on the web site of an Atlanta area TV station: “Does A Church Need a Building To Be A Church?” (Here’s a link to a story about the church in the AJC.)
Why did they decide to sell their land and building? Well, this is what the article (and news report) said:
The church has a new mission. Instead of investing in the property that consumed most of their budget, they will use the more than $1-million dollars from the sale to invest in people who have needs. “It’s just a way of looking at this property differently,” Pastor Mercer said. “We saw it as an asset we could liquidate and turn around and use that resource to meet the needs of people.”
By the way, according to the article, about 100 people meet with this church, and they plan to rent a facility to meet in for about a third of the cost of the building. So, they will continue to have more money to help people.
I wonder how many churches would consider their property to be assets that can be liquidated in order to help others. And, how many would consider their property to be necessary to their own existence.