Reflections on urban evangelism and urban church renewal.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Sharing space with other churches
A Dallas church did not let their declining numbers stop them from having a major missional impact. Like many urban churches in transitional communities, Gaston Oaks Baptist Church’s congregation was aging, shrinking and did not reflect the demographics of their neighbors. Their answer was to share their facility with three congregations (Burmese, African, and Hispanic) comprised of people groups from their community. The result has been a revitalized ministry and a full sanctuary (when all four churches worship together).
Urban church buildings are treasures provided by the grace of God through the sacrifice of Christians in the past. Those who have been entrusted with these facilities honor past sacrifices by finding creative ways to continue to shine the light of the gospel that transcends language and culture.