Selling up churches and ministers?

October 23rd, 2008

Recently I have done a couple of posts on looking at different ways of doing ministry and bi-vocational Pastors. Today I found an interesting article in the Sydney Morning Herald that touches on some of these areas.

The article talks to the head of the Uniting Church in NSW. He says that they might be better off selling their church buidlings and setting up programs to help the poor and disadvantaged. He also mentions bi-vocational “spiritual advisors” rather than paid ministers and moving underground by meeting in coffee shops, homes, workplaces and shopping malls.

While I don’t think we should all sell up our church buildings and give the money to the poor. There is merit in this idea in some cases. Obviously if you are in an area where numbers have been dwindling for a long time and it seems like the church is going to “die” a slow painful death, then it would make sense to sell up, meet in different places and use bi-vocational ministers. It might in fact re-invigorate the church. However in other areas where the numbers are good and the building is being used to meet and bless a lot of people it doesn’t make sense.

Anyway, I thought the article was an interesting read and actually shows they are thinking outside the church box!

Here’s the link to the article if you are interested – Church may profit from doom