The impact of church building facilities in the growth of urban independent churches in the Vaal Triangle
Molapisi, Elias Thubuthubu
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This mini-dissertation attempts to figure out the impact of church building facilities in the growth of urban independent churches in the Vaal Triangle. In order to perform this, an examination of some of the available biblical and theological literature is vital, especially to find the value of church buildings in church planting. In order to display the significance of a church building, an exploration of the tabernacle, the temple, and the synagogue in both the Old and the New Testament was explored. Additionally, the dissertation deals with the various locations and platforms that Jesus Christ utilised: to teach, to preach the word, and to heal the sick. Evangelism as part of church planting also entails the importance of worship that must take place without any distractions. The research further explores the need for a church building, which happens to be important for church planting in order to provide a sense of security to the community and a dwelling place for God’s presence. The study, in addition, briefly glances at the advantages and disadvantages that a church building presents. The project touches on the role-played by the old and new covenants regarding the church and a building, the comparison between what the ancient priest used to do during the temple sacrifices of the nation and the replacement of this ancient practice by Christ, who became a High Priest of the temple not made by human hands. Therefore, this study aims at creating an awareness of the existing challenges in acquiring a church building. Highlighting the necessity of the importance of skills development and the human resource management pertaining to church leadership and the effects that corruption has, and finally to conclude the project through focusing on the requirement of insurance for a building structure as well as its accessories. An empirical study took place on the various churches through structured interviews with church ministers of sampled churches and completion of survey questionnaire by members and the leaders. There were 460 questionnaires distributed and a good response of 270 (59%) was achieved.
- Theology