I wonder how many people think that a church should only be a church?
To me a church is just like any other structure built with human hands… it may have been constructed with a specific use in mind, but it should still be useful later when it has outlived the purpose for which it was designed. This is one of those buildings; it started as a church, over time it lost the support of its parish community, and is now the storage facility of a local farmer.
Is this a bad thing?
I’ve seen other examples where churches have been turned into restaurants, homes, coffee houses, libraries, or a variety of other uses — and time-and-again I witness people that take issue with this. Why? How is a church different from any other building that has ever been re-purposed?
I don’t get it.