Today's BBC headline 'Should buildings be a priority for the Church?' is a topical question - particularly as I begin a new business venture focused on buildings for Churches!
'Of course they should' would be the answer expected of a Church architect. Actually I care little for church architecture in itself - a shocking revelation maybe. In many cases they are a wonderful and important heritage in the UK but to what extent do our church buildings truly help the Church's mission to make disciples of all peoples? Too often they are more of a hindrance, draining money, sucking resource, sending out the wrong message to contemporary society and, importantly, often providing wholly inappropriate accommodation for the activities the Church should be engaging in.