You are in a church meeting. You do the typical prayer, board reports, discussions, etc. Things are moving pretty smoothly, until you get to some property issues. Everything then takes a sudden halt. Everyone becomes nervous about the impending building bill and everyone forgets about the quality, people, Christ-centered ministry occurring because the building and possible property issues.
How many times have you been in a meeting where the congregation has spent more time on property issues than on people? How many people get wholeheartedly upset that people are not speaking their faith in the community? How many meetings have been centered solely on the Gospel? I bring this up, because I am chief of sinner on this issue. It is very easy to be focused on the building, because that masks the real issue of be a witness to the community that surrounds it.
I'm not advocating that we should not focus our attention on building upkeep (Lord knows that they do fall apart). However, if the emphasis in ministry is on a building, then maybe we need to think about what really makes up the church (Gospel and the Sacraments) and move into a gym. Something to think about!