I can't imagine that this building would suit any growing congregation that is following the trend of more family-oriented space, outside of just the sanctuary and classroom spacing. If my church suddenly need to move to a new space, this building would not suit us at all. We are a 1200-1500 member congregation. Maintenance costs on this building would be outrageous.
But the main reason is that there is simply no parking to accomodate our need.
Unfortunately, having been a long-time rider, I can't wholeheartedly endorse the MATA plan. After my car blew up on me, I rode the bus for a spell. It was not very convenient or comfortable. I had to leave home prior to 6:00 am in order to make it to my job at 8:00 am., and it's no more than a 25 minute commute by car (less traffic reduces the time). Even then I would still sometimes be late. That was the main reason I bought a car when Idid. Dirty buses and rowdy school kids didnt make it any better. It's less stressful to just drive and be done.
I was glad t see that Bishop Blake was kept as Presiding Bishop for now. I've looked at the work that's done through his local church, and the international church could stand to follow its lead. I don't see COGIC as a whole currently operating with the level of concern exhibited by his church. While I do many times see COGIC as an exercise in excess, I do believe in the principles of prosperity. Bishop Blake does not have the authority to "pay himself" the large salary he receives. There are checks and balances in place that dictate that he is far from being the only one to decide on his salary. Also, you must take into the account that his congregation presently is pushing the 30,000 member mark. Some churches can support that kind of budget, most can not. In all honesty, I get tired of the glitter and glamour, because I believe it takes the focus off of what the purpose really is, as much as I love to see an attractive well-groomed lady. I like a well tailored suit for myself too, but many act as if it's not the Convocation if they can't come with furs and rhinestones. One member was quoted in an interview as saying that she wouldn't even come if she wasn't decked out. You will even see them going to the inner city to conduct clothes giveaways wearing furs and glitter. At no point can they relate to the people that they should be serving. I think that's sad. Having said all that, I'm glad they are here, despite the fact that many think they can hold the city hostage. Gratitude should come from both sides.
By Toby Sells
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