Now I know that some of you reading this think MHCC is being a tad extravagant with the changes we are making in our building, but when you see the project completed I think you will be pleased. For sure, church building can get carried to extremes though.
The Dallas Morning News on Sunday, Oct. 2nd included an article about the nondenominational mega church “The Inspiring Body of Christ.” Granted the pastor there is the Rev. Rickie Rush who has a history of making headlines. Yes, the church claims a membership of more than 15,000 members and is still packing them in, but really?
The church’s new 176,000 square foot campus has a sanctuary that seats more than 2,000 and, according to the DMN, includes not only offices, “a school, but also an ice cream parlor, movie theater, two fitness rooms, a gym and a bowling alley.”
Guess what’s next! There will be a new $33 million facility that will feature a 70,000 gallon aquarium and two 8,000 gallon aquariums. In part, they will serve as arched entranceways with a biblical quote above reminding those who pass through the portals, “Follow me and I will make you fishers of men.” This church is in Oak Cliff, not Oak Lawn.
All those other amenities in place and now this. My, oh, my. $33,000,000.00 for fish tanks. The surrounding community could make good use of the ice cream parlor, movie theater, fitness rooms, gym and bowling alley. I don’t “get” this aquarium business.
I’m glad that the motivation for our humble remodel is to make our church building more accessible and our worship space more intimate and flexible for use by the community we serve.
Do you suppose if we add some gold fish bowls we could add a couple members? Silly notion? Ah, I was just thinking…