Drew wrote about church buildings here, and it was interesting because just today I was perusing this page about the building project (“The Tierra Rejada Building Project”) at Francis Chan’s church. They are building an outdoor amphitheater in lieu of a multi-million dollar worship center (the church is in Souther California, one of the only places in the world this would work in terms of natural weather elements). Here’s an excerpt from the rationale behind the project:
The idea of building an outdoor amphitheater rather than an auditorium sprung from a desire to save millions of dollars. It came from a belief that God would rather we spend that money in other ways. It comes from a thought that God would receive more glory from seeing His children sacrifice for others- namely, those around the world who lack basic necessities….In reality, this is about more than a building. The park/amphitheater is an expression of a mindset. It represents a group of people who are willing to sacrifice their own comforts in order to better care for others.
I don’t know what you think (Nathan? you’re in that neck of the woods), but this seems like a very cool idea.