I’ve been asking myself a question for years: why does the American church look so different from the Book of Acts church? I would mull it over, leave it on shelf, dust it off to revisit, put it BACK on the shelf, and dusted it off and look again. Several questions spring to mind:
- As stewards of God’s resources, are we REALLY being good stewards to spend so much money on a building, utilities, and staff salaries?
- Do we gain more than we lose by having a church building and paid staff?
There are follow up questions that develop from these two, but let’s start here.
Question #1 stems from the question: would we do more good in the world if more of our tithes went towards helping people in need rather than in paying rent for a building? Do we even need church buildings anymore?
This is the perfect time in human history to ask this question. Imagine a small group of men or women or families meeting each week from house to house. Each time the home group grows to a certain point, it multiplies. I know, I know: I’m describing the cell-based church movement. And maybe that’s all this is.
I tend to not call it cell-based church simply because my childhood church that I attended for 20 years did what they called “cell groups”, but the church was really still centered around the Sunday morning service at the main building.