Recently, First Baptist Church in Dallas unveiled plans for a 130 million dollar capital campaign for their new worship center which would include the whole enchilada: a 3,000 seat worship center, 6 floor education building, glass concourse, parking garage, sky bridge, the preservation of their current historic building, a fountain plaza, two side by side gymnasiums, an outdoor patio, and the all important oval pool with a stone water tower topped with a cross.
Geez, I’m just asking for your one day’s wages.
As you might expect, there are some heavy criticisms from people but I find it odd that folks that are often in the camp of “If we’re reaching people for Jesus, that’s the main thing…” as defenses for the latest church pop trends are also very critical of the building project.
I say it’s odd because that’s the exact reasoning behind this church’s vision of the 130 million dollar campaign.
So, let me share couple thoughts in defense of this church:
- God cared immensely about His temple and a great amount of time, energy, resources, and money went into the temple and rebuilding it. Why not now?
- What’s the difference between a 130 million dollar project and a 65 million dollar project? Is there a difference? I guess what I’m saying is I find it really odd that preachers criticize Christians that drive BMWs or Mercedes cars but yet they’re driving around Ford Expeditions and Honda V6 Accords.
- The building of the Tower of Babel isn’t what upset God. It was the hubris after it was built – not for God’s glory but to make a name for themselves…
Okay, there’s a difference between a 65 million dollar project and a 130 million dollar project but my point is maybe you have to examine the big picture all over again…
which is what I think Jesus the Christ invites us to do. The Kingdom he was teaching and living seemed “different.”
But this is for realz: Everything’s bigger in Texas.
Okay, I’m lying. It’s hard to defend and this disturbs me immensely but why? I guess that’s the cue for you:
What do you think?
First Baptist Church of Dallas today announced a $130 million capital campaign to build a 3,000-seat worship center, a religious education building and parking garage, a glass concourse, and a sky bridge.
The project promises to transform a stretch of downtown’s St. Paul Street, near the attention-grabbing Arts District.
“The finest facility in this area should be one that glorifies almighty God,” said the Rev. Robert Jeffress, pastor of First Baptist Dallas.
Five older buildings on the church campus will come down, but the 1890 sanctuary – where the congregation has long worshipped – will remain for weddings, funerals and other special events.
Jeffress said an independent church fundraising consultant, Doug Turner, had determined that this is the largest church building program in modern history.
The congregation stood in affirmation of the deacons’ unanimous call for a capital campaign, beginning in the spring.
But a formal vote by members is expected in a couple of weeks, after question-and-answer sessions.
Jeffress told worshippers that more than $62 million has been pledged or given already.
Dallas Tom Leppert led the congregation in prayer at one morning service and afterwards called the building project “a very important investment in downtown Dallas.”