During different stages of life, you get different questions. When you’re eight months pregnant people ask, “when are you gonna have that baby?” When you’re graduating high school, people wonder, “where are you going to college?” When you are nearing retirement, people begin to inquire, “are you about ready to buy that double-wide in Florida yet?” (okay, maybe not, but you get the point.)
Here’s one I hear almost every week:
THEM – Hey, are you guys still meeting at Starlight 14?
ME – yes.
THEM – When are you guys going to get a church?
ME – Well, we have a “church.”
THEM – I meant, when are you going to have your own building?
Does “having a building” mean that you’ve officially arrived as a church? Does brick and mortar represent the coming of age and maturity Kinetic? Does a structure actually increase the overall community impact? Does it help us make disciples who make disciples? Can a building replace the impact of a small group’s heart level conversation or visit you in the hospital or funeral home?
I’m honestly not even sure that a building would make life less of a headache. Sure, setup and tear down would be easier, but what about that monthly $18,000 building payment?
That being said, I’m going to recruit a team of people who will begin helping Kinetic with some strategic planning for the future. Among their topics for discussion: a building. .