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CHURCH | A Building And A Body

August 23, 2018

 

You are Christ’s body—that’s who you are!

You must never forget this.

Only as you accept your part of that body,

 does your ‘part’ mean anything (1 Corinthians 12 MSG).

A Tension To Be Managed

 

According to Andy Stanley, “Every organisation has problems that shouldn’t be solved, and tensions that shouldn’t be resolved. Progress depends not on the resolution of those tensions but on the successful management of those tensions.”

 

There are many tensions in the Church that cannot be resolved.

One of those tensions is deciding how much money to spend on facilities. 

We are currently in the process of managing this tension.

We are entering into step three of a four-step vision/mission process:

 

  1. Discover – Appreciating and valuing the best of What ‘Is’

  2. Dream – Envisioning What ‘Might Be’

  3. Design – Determining What ‘Should Be’

  4. Deliver – Innovating What ‘Will Be’


 

The aim is to build - or rebuild - around what works, rather than trying to fix what doesn't. This is the opposite of problem solving; it’s using what we’ve got, in the best way possible.

 

It’s called: Asset Based Community Development (ABCD), an approach to sustainable community-driven development.

It’s a process of linking micro-assets to the macro-environment.

Asset Based Community Development’s premise is that communities can drive the development process themselves by identifying and mobilizing existing, but often-unrecognised, assets.

Thereby responding to challenges and creating local social improvement and economic development.

 

So what have we got?

  • A place we call home (Esplanade, Coomera)

  • A million dollars (Mission Development Fund)

  • A growing Community (Coomera)

  • An Op Shop (A front-line Mission to our Community)

  • A physical connection with two missions (Blue Care and Young Care)

  • A New Church (Multi-generational)

  • A Mud Map (Vision/mission concept plan)

 

We’ve got a lot!

 

Great gifts mean great responsibilities; greater gifts, greater responsibilities!

Much will be required of everyone who has been given much.

Even more will be asked of the person who is supposed to take care of much (Luke 12:48).

 

Form Follows Function

 

 

Form follows function is a guiding principle, which says that the shape of a building or object should primarily relate to its intended function or purpose. Coined by Louis Sullivan this famous axiom became the touchstone for many architects and designers.

This means that the purpose of a building should be the starting point for its design.

 

Buildings Matter Because Bodies Matter

 

We share our site with two incredible missions, Blue Care and Young Care.

Their primary function is identical and unequivocally stated in their names, ‘care.’

The particular form that caring takes is different, each with it’s own clearly defined target group. Each of these missional organisations has designed and formed their physical space around their specific function. Those buildings matter because those people matter.

 

What’s The Function Of Church?

 

The New Testament gives us multiple glimpses of what the function of church should be, in the 50+ ‘one another’ instructions.

  • “Encourage one another.” 2 Corinthians 13:11

  • “Build one another up.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11

  • “Instruct one another.” Romans 15:14

  • “Accept one another.” Romans 15:7

  • “Serve one another humbly in love.” Galatians 5:13

  • “Teach and admonish one another” Colossians 3:16

  • “Spur one another on toward love and good deeds” Hebrews 10:24

  • “Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other.” James 5:16

  • “Offer hospitality to one another” 1 Peter 4:9

  • “Honour one another above yourselves.” Romans 12:10

  • “Have fellowship with one another” 1 John 1:7

  • “Love one another.” John 13:34

 

How can we focus on one-anothering if we are seated in rows, gazing on the backs of one another’s heads?

 

How will we confess our sins to one another, pray for one another, encourage and build one another up if the only times we are together we sit silently facing forward?

 

How can we invite people to joins us when we are already full?

 

How do we empower all of God’s people to be actively involved in one-anothering if we only give a small minority a voice, a platform, a position?

 

We must rethink our spaces, rearrange our seating, reset our priorities, redirect our energies and redesign our buildings and reclaim our purpose and function as Christ’s Body in our community.

 

Grace and Peace, 

 

Orrell

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