The Price of Disunity
My friend and I used to lament how much money was wasted by church splits. If only the different churches could agree there wouldn’t need to be so much duplication of services. In the past months I’ve realized that dream is fulfilled in the Catholic Church. Despite all the magnificent cathedrals in Catholicism, my guess is Protestants have spent more money per-capita over the last 500 years. Every split brings:
1) New building- at least requires rent, and often includes building a structure, snow removal, security system, parking lot, cleaning supplies, hymnals/projector, electricity, sound system.
2) Staff- secretary, pastor, custodian. Healthcare/retirement is likely included for at least one position.
3) Events/Teaching- Each VBS requires purchase of new curriculum, every simulcast event requires individual church purchase—an entire Christian media industry thrives on the duplication of services. Youth retreats, women’s outings, etc.
What’s the end result? The Protestants spend more money and the Catholics get nicer buildings.
Anyone know of any stats to refute/back this up?