What’s In a Church Building?

The Door Church started in a small retail space generously offered by Metrocrest Community Church. As we struggled (and sweated – man it was hot!) through our first services, God began to gather people. Our next space was a shared space situation at Sae Sarm Methodist, where our generous Korean brothers and sisters offered their home so that TDC could meet.

TDC’s growth cannot be attributed to a marketing plan or the talent of any person. God has drawn people to himself and given us a place to meet at each stage.

Last July, we hosted our first service in a brand-new building on the hill between Coppell and Lewisville. It is a beautiful building, well-designed and comfortable.

Throughout the history of the church, church buildings have looked all sorts of ways. There are beautiful cathedrals, which are literal works of art. There are modern churches which look like concert venues and there are old country churches clad in white painted wood. Some prefer big, beautiful church buildings and others believe cheap church buildings are the way to go. I’m not here to debate which style of building is best, but I’d like for us to consider what a church building actually is and is not – and what it will eventually become.

     1. A church building is a forward operating base. In war, a forward-operating base (an FOB) is an operational facility located on or near the battlefield. It is a place where warriors fuel up, rest up, and get fixed up. Church buildings are like FOBs. They are a place to rest in God’s grace, feed on his word, and bear one another’s burden.

     2. A church building is not a museum for saints; it is a hospital for sinners. We all need Jesus because we have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. The gathering of God’s people should lift the lowly and humble the proud, all underneath the proclaimed word of God as revealed in the Bible.

3. Church buildings will eventually become dirt. Build them however you want, they’ll end up as decomposed material someday. For that matter, the church members will, too. I know that’s morbid, but it’s true. We (and the buildings in which we gather) will return to dust someday. We must keep this in mind and allow this truth to grant us perspective.

The Door Church prayed for its new building and we are humbly grateful for God’s lavish response to this prayer. Our new building is a gorgeous forward operating base. We will rejoice and mourn there. We will worship there. But the building isn’t the point. It’s merely a good place to meet up and sit underneath the Gospel so we can leave and bring the greatest news in the history of the world with us.