Central Baptist Church of Southington Connecticut


Temporary Framework

  • Jim Townsley
  • May 18, 2007

Every building rests upon a foundation. The foundation determines the durability of the building and it is the structure upon which the entire building is established. If the foundation is not firmly grounded the entire building is put at risk. At the commencement of every new project there must be a blueprint that reveals a facsimile of the finished product.A new church must be built upon the right foundation, Jesus Christ. Upon the foundation is built the framework and upon the framework the roof. The framing supports the roof and keeps the entire building together and it allows the builder to beautify and garnish the entire structure so that the finished product reflects the intent of the architect.

A new church will probably look much different than an established mature church. In fact, God is continually perfecting His church. Paul wrote to the church at Ephesus, "That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish." (Eph 5:27)

But, the process of building a church is similar to that of constructing any building. The foundation must remain constant, built on Jesus Christ, while very often the framework is merely temporary to keep the building together until a more permanent framework is established. The construction of the church is ongoing and will never be finished until the return of Christ.

In this process of building a church, new members will be added that are a blessing during those infant years, but in the process of time some may drift away, move away, or turn back to the world. In the beginning these believers may have been key members and helped greatly toward the building of the church. However, as the church grows and as they are challenged to mature, they may be unwilling to make the necessary commitment for the perfecting of the church of God.

Although this is disappointing, it is the process that most often is necessary to build a church. It can be personally troubling and discouraging for a young preacher, but the final goal of a glorious church is only possible through purging and trials. Every work that is done for Christ will have eternal results. Every soul that is saved and every backslider that is reclaimed will be worth all the effort. Those first converts will always hold a special place in the heart of a church planter. Some of them will continue faithfully through the years while others come only to support the work briefly and then disappear. All are a part of keeping the church together during this process of establishing a strong and mature body of believers. Some people will thrive in a new and small setting, but in a larger ministry find themselves lost and uncommitted. As the church grows, some of the original framework will be replaced by a more permanent framework of believers.

Today's transient culture is often permeated by a lack of commitment. Few people have a brand loyalty and very often people are looking for the newest and best of everything. This attitude is also characteristic toward church as well. Because of this constant attrition a certain percentage of growth must be maintained merely to keep a steady attendance.

Developing maturity and stability require many years of faithfulness and consistency by the leaders of the church and especially by the pastor. Over many years of faithful service and consistency God will develop a mature group of believers that will be much different from those first followers. Some of the earliest members will remain, while others were temporary framework.