Why Church Buildings?The growth of believers in an area also makes it necessary to move beyond the small, cramped huts of individual believers. Villages rarely have a large and public facility available for rent. The towns that do have such facilities refuse its availability to Christians. In addition, meeting in the open or under the shade of a tree is not possible for more than half of the year, particularly during the prolonged monsoon season, extreme winter months [in north India], and the cruel scorching summer.
Moreover, any such gathering creates an impression of Christianity as belonging to those ‘outcastes’ instead of remaining as a viable option for ordinary citizens, as part of regular community life. This creates a negative impact and, obviously, limits the growth of Christianity in that village and those surrounding it.
We have also found that a church building creates a feeling of stability for the new believers. Such a four-walled ordinary building also becomes critical to hold Christian events such as weddings, granting a sense of respectability to Christians.
A common place of worship also allows people from different castes to come and hear the Gospel together. Some believers, who have not yet come under the conviction of the Holy Spirit, will not go into the house of some other castes.