Obviously, at some level, all those things matter.
But instead of running it through a filter of what you like, run it instead through a filter of whether what you do is effective in reaching the unchurched people you’re trying to reach.
And church leaders, you need to choose who you focus on: members or those not yet coming to your church.
I agree with my friend Reggie Joiner who says leaders should focus on who they want to reach, not who they want to keep.
As Christians, sometimes we get more attached to our buildings than we do to our mission. Christians should also be willing to give up their buildings to reach more unchurched people.
This can happen on several levels.
First, don’t resist renovations. If you’re still asking toddlers to meet downstairs in a moldy basement with green carpet, don’t be surprised when you can’t keep young families coming to your church.
Second, be willing to do what it takes to reach unchurched people. Sometimes that might mean moving from a permanent to a portable location. Other times it might mean doing a huge expansion. Don’t resist.
Finally, in a growing number of cases where churches are dying, this will mean flipping the keys to a growing church that lacks a building.
One of the oddities of the era we’re in these days is that the churches who have buildings often have no people, and the church plants that have people often have no building. Flip that.
I love hearing about the growing number of churches who are giving their building, assets and leadership over to a young church that’s reaching unchurched people.