This coming Sunday we will receive a special “Repairing the Temple” offering at HCC. As we have stated in recent weeks, this offering is desperately needed to help cover the costs of air conditioner and roof repairs to our buildings. In the last few weeks we have replaced two air conditioning units and have repaired two others. In addition, several of our roofs are in urgent need of upkeep.
I have to admit that as I have prayed through these needs and this upcoming offering, I have questioned the need for such a large complex. Do we really need a church building? Couldn’t we just meet in houses or in a rented facility? Could we better use the money to advance Christ’s kingdom? As I thought through those questions, I was reminded as to the importance of having our own building. Here are a few of my thoughts…
First, our buildings are a gathering place where our faith family can come away together from the world to the Lord. Now, quite honestly, the gathering place doesn’t have to be a “church” building. In Acts 7 Stephen reminds us that God “does not dwell in temples made with human hands.” In my thirty years of ministry, I’ve had church services in my house, in a school, in an event center and even outside surrounded by animals. Quite frankly, a building, like ours is not necessary. BUT, it is extremely beneficial, and God has given it to us.
Secondly, our buildings are a visible sign of our presence in the community. Our facilities say to our community, “We’re here!” And because it’s not a rented storefront or clubhouse, but a building we’ve built, it says, “We’re rooted here in this community. We plan to be here for a long time.” And because our signs out front say “Hollywood Community Church” and “Hollywood Christian School,” our buildings are a visible sign of the presence of a church that does ministry in our community.
Admittedly, a building will not make kingdom work happen, and we must not isolate ourselves to our buildings. We must get out into the community. That, though, is a topic for another day.
Thirdly, our buildings give us the freedom and the flexibility to do ministry. On a regular basis, I hear from pastors that salivate over our facilities. Because of limited space, their churches are unable to do many of the things that they would love to do. We, on the other hand, have all the buildings and grounds that we would ever need. We have gymnasiums, several auditoriums, plenty of classrooms and even large ball fields. In total we have 11.4 acres and 118, 035 square footage of building space. Other churches and schools our size are spending up to $12,000 a month to rent their facilities. Praise the Lord for what He has given us!
Lastly, we are stewards of this property. Because we have been entrusted with this building, I want us to steward it properly. The previous generation of HCC members gave sacrificially so that we could have this building. Now, it is our obligation to be good stewards of it.
Let me challenge you to have a part in our special offering. By giving, we demonstrate gratitude for God’s blessings. By giving, we demonstrate faith for what God is going to do in the future. Let’s rise up together and take care of God’s property!