At Hannaford, I've referred to our recent building expansion as "More Than a Building." Why? Because all the excitement of adding on, of expanding, of creating a different feel with our physical building can sometimes take over.
I'd like to say that there isn't arguing and bickering over decorating and music and other little things at our church, but it simply isn't true. Reminding each other of our vision to "connect people with God and each other" means refocusing our efforts on God's desires for us ... to worship, grow, and share.
I'm hoping to use the excitement of physical changes at Hannaford to point people toward the spiritual changes that God has in store. Our physical growth is an opportunity to remind and encourage our people that Church is more than simply a place, "but a home to a calling that goes far deeper. A sanctuary ... to empower us to share the love of Christ with those around us. It is an opportunity to work together and effectively touch a world in need. An opportunity to be more ... than a building."
Check out a great video on this topic here.
What do you think? Do you think people can wrap their heads around this? I pray so.