Many times we are prevented from attending to church due to everything from new carpet that has chemicals in it to mold in the walls that is making our chronic illness or chemical sensitivities worse.
This article by James Rogdgers, “Blind Spots: Why we Sometimes Can’t See Problems with our Facility,” is an excellent viewpoint from a pastor. It’s published by Christianity Today.
I realized changing the nursery was not just a facility issue, but really a ministry issue. . . . With a nursery that smelled musty and had mold marks on the walls, we were sending a terrible message to visitors: “Your babies may not be safe here, and we aren’t doing anything about it.”
Why did I miss this clear message? I love my children. I look out for their best interests. I had a child in the nursery. So why did I miss something that should have been so clear?
As I reflect back on that situation, I realize several issues commonly cloud our perspective of our facilities. Now as I work with a church architect, I find myself working with pastors to pull back those clouding issues to understand the messages our facilities send. >> Read More
I encourage you to read this and remember it if you ever want to approach your pastor about changes in the structure or services of the building. “Hearing it” from a pastor’s perspective may grab his attention and he will be willing to listen to your heart too.