For at least half a century, churches have been leaving down
town Americafor the suburbs. This makes some sense: the members of those churches don’t live in the cities any more, so buildings are sold and new ones are built.
This makes some sense, of course, until one considers the gospel, which is about worshiping God and meeting the needs of others. And there is no denying that there are people with needs in the city.
According to a piece in the Economist, “Poverty in the Suburbs: Mortgage or food,” needs are coming to the suburbs.
According to a recent study by the Brookings Intstitution, the number of poor people in the suburbs has jumped by 34% in the past decade. The article further points out that suburbs do not have the social services infrastructure that inner cities do.
Perhaps the Church was thinking ahead, establishing places in the suburbs to minister to the needs of poor people. Here is our opportunity!