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Three Types of Architectural Church Designs
Evangelist Dennis Heber
As a traveling evangelist, I have had the privilege of preaching in many church buildings. Some are new, some old. Some are rented, some are owned.  Some look like churches, some look like…well like just about any other building.
When most people think of “The” Church, they often think of a building. Or they think of some method of expression.  Hence we get the phrase, “Let's have church.”  Or, “Man, wasn’t church great last night.”  The problem with both of those views is that CHURCH is not a building and CHURCH is not something we do. It is something we are!  It is something we are collectively, not necessarily individually.  The CHURCH is more about WE and less about ME.
Romans 12:4-5 says,  “Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other.”
Notice, that individually, we are only “PART” of Christ’s body. Theologian A.W. Pink was once presented with a situation where someone accepted Christ while watching T.V. at home. This person spent hours reading the Bible and praying. However, they never attended church. The questions was asked of Mr. Pink, “Was this person really saved.”  Mr. Pink answered the question by saying, “I cannot judge for sure if this person’s salvation is real, but without attending Church, well the New Testament knows no such being.”
Believers were made for FELLOWSHIP! There are two things we cannot do alone. They are (1) Be Married (2) Be a Christian.
You may ask, “If the CHURCH is not a building, why then did you title this blog, Three Types of Architectural Church Designs?” The reason, there is a biblical blueprint for building the Church. There are also man-made ones. Let’s look at three. In fact, it is my belief that ALL CHURCHES come into one of these designs.
I.  The First Architectural Church Design is, The Triangle Church.
     We have all seen this church. It is often run by three big shots, or one big shot in three places.  Everything points from them, and to them!  Not only is this church not a body, it is not biblical either.
Psalm 115:1 says, “Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us, but unto thy name give glory…”
The Apostle Paul said in 2 Corinthians 4:5, “For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake.”
II.  The Second Architectural Church Design is, The Circle Church.
     Unfortunately, some of us have been to this church as well.  Everything in this church is determined by “THE CIRCLE”
You are either, IN the CIRCLE or you are OUT of the CIRCLE!  You cannot be both.
It is the CLICK CHURCH!  And if you are in the CIRCLE, be careful or someone may put you back outside.
The problem with the CIRCLE CHURCH is this:
It is closed off to others by the circle.
Because of the circle, you are either INCLUDED or EXCLUDED.
It tends to orbit around personalities.
Meeting up with or hanging out with the circle becomes the mission of this church.
Resources are needed to feed the circle, not the congregation.
It is a “Place to go” vs. a place to be sent from!
People become members of a structure and not one another.
Members get caught up in a cycle of…calendars, to do lists, programs.
It isolates itself from the world outside and the needs around them.
Worst of all, it always ends up where it started!
III.  The Third Architectural Church Design is, The VINE Church.
     Jesus said in John 15:1, “I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away…”
The true pattern for the CHURCH is not:
     (a) A Triangle    (b) A Circle
It is a vine!  A place where we are:
Rooted in the Word.
Grounded in the faith.
Planted in the church.
Vertically joined to God.
Drawing from life and giving life!
Focused outward.
And our branches spread out beyond our roots.
Mathew 13:38 says, “The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom…”   The Vine CHURCH has discovered that the FIELD is the world, and not the BARN!
As a VINE CHURCH we give life to structure and not the other way around. Life motivates us, not structure.  A dead tree has structure, but cannot give life.
Stephen was martyred because he did not worship the LAW or the TEMPLE.  You and I are not called to worship a building or gather around teaching camps, but to be members one of another!
In the VINE CHURCH we are all attached to Christ and to one another, and we are all necessary!

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