Dr. Mead: Thanks for this insightful post. I can tell that you were paying attention while still in your father’s house. I agree that local congregations are the lifeblood of American religion. I feel sorry that your local Parrish is struggling with “overhead” but perhaps being without a permanent building could actually be a blessing. I was surprised that Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church in Southern California went for its first 15 years without a permanent building. (School auditoriums, stadiums, etc) The thing I think that makes Christianity so dynamic is its ability to “recreate” itself over and over. Many churches that have wonderful buildings and plenty of money still choose to follow the “cell group” or home group study that Dr. David Cho pioneered and locals like Bill Hybels have domesticated. Bless you for sticking with your church and remember that the church founder said that he would “build His church and that the gates of hell would not prevail against it.”
Bye the bye, thanks for the lecture at the CURA conference in Boston with Dr. Burger.