How many churches do you need?

I’ve always been amazed at just how many churches there are in my little city of less than 20,000 residents. I used to joke that there was a different church on just about every street corner. I recently did a Google Maps search for “church” in Tullahoma, TN and nearly dropped my jaw.

Here’s the map. (scroll down the listings on the left side and start clicking ‘Next’)

With 10 churches listed on each page, I made it to page 8 before the results started to get into neighboring cities and towns.

Now, some of these churches are small, single building establishments with a small congregation and many of them disappear after a couple years of service only to be replaced by another funny named worship center a few months later. A few, however, dwarf entire subdivisions where people are struggling to feed their families. Take the newly erected Church of Christ at Cedar Lane. The size of this 15-acre complex-o-worship is gargantuan compared to the government-run Tullahoma Housing Authority subdivision right across the street and is as large as about half the apartment complex right next door. (Here’s a Google Maps image – the complex was still in construction when this image was taken, but you can still make size comparisons. THA subdivision is to the left, apartment complex is above.)

According to city-data.com, in 1999, 17.2% of Tullahoma residents live below the poverty level and 7.3% live below 50% of the poverty level. The median household income in 2007 was $36,500. So, when I think about all the money spent building, running and maintaining these houses of prayer, I’m never quite sure whether to laugh or cry. Imagine if just a fraction of that money had been spent on things that actually advance this small city and its residents (like our city’s school system and our fantastic Hands-On Science Center) instead of being spent on first century stupidity.

Honestly! How many churches do you need?

4 thoughts on “How many churches do you need?

  1. Daniel

    TRUTHFULLY… AS MANY AS IT TAKES TO REACH OUT TO PEOPLE WHO NEED A SAVIOR AS YOURSELF. I KNOW WHAT YOU ARE THINKING THERE IS NO GOD OR HEAVEN OR HELL . WELL LET ME JUST SAY THAT ONE DAY YOU WILL FIND OUT FOR YOURSELF WHO JESUS CHRIST IS. I PERSONALLY DONT BELIEVE IN ATHEIEST OR HUMANIST. IT JUST SOUNDS TO ME LIKE YOU ARE IN SEARH OF A GOD OF SOMESORT TO FILL THE VOID IN YOUR LIFE. JUST LOOK AROUND YOU HOW CAN YOU BELEAVE THERE IS NO GOD IN HEAVEN. I CAN ONLY PRAY THAT YOU CAN OPEN YOUR EYES THAT SATAN HAS GOT BLINDED. NOW IM NOT PERFECT BY NO MEANS BUT NO ONE IS BUT JESUS . JUST PROVE TO ME THERE IS NO GOD AND YOU WILL PROVE YOURSELF WRONG EVERY TIME. TRY IT YOU WILL SEE!!!!

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  2. Daniel

    PS… I HAVE BEEN TO TULLAHOMA FOR MY STATE TRAINING FOR THE TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS AND HAD A CHANCE TO WORK WITH SOME OF THE CHURCHES THERE AND TRUST ME THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO WILL PRAY WITH YOU. NOT EVERY CHURCH WILL BE FOR YOU BUT THERE IS ONE. THE CHURCH THAT I PASTOR IS BASED ON THAT CONCEPT. A CHURCH THAT ACCEPTS EVERYONE EVEN SELF PROCLAIMED ATHEIEST OR WHATEVER TITLE YOU SO CHOOSE TO HAVE. PLEASE GIVE GOD A CHANCE TO SHOW YOU THINGS THAT WILL BLOW YOUR MIND.YOU CAN FIND ALOT OF THEM IN SCIENCE, ASTRONOMY, HISTORY, PHYSICS, AND MANY OTHERS. GOD IS REAL!

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  3. Mary

    Hi The church you singled out for being so large right next to the housing athority is large so that the community can use it . If you need a place for a wedding shower, community banquet or such all you have to do is ask. We even supply tableclothes ect… we started out in a very small place with little parking. we wanted to have room to grow and when we have a visitor we have a place for them to park..right near a door. We want to provide a place to share with our community.

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