As you may know… I am somewhat a connoisseur of Christian press releases.
Some Christian press releases are just chock-full of CS (that’s the politically Christian term for BS, by the way). And this press release I saw yesterday is a great example of how you can spin anything.
The title of the press release is called ‘Without Walls’ Church Bankruptcy Creates Blessings.
(You may remember Without Walls as the Randy and Paula White one-time megachurch in Lakeland, FL… Formerly Carpenter’s Home Church). The place has a pretty storied history (so much so that there’s not enough room in this blog post to hold it all).
But the title interested me… could a church bankruptcy actually be a blessing?
Well… yes, I guess. At least for the Licensed Real Estate Broker that his handling the auction of the property (and the writing of this press release). Here’s how they start:
“The Without Walls International Church bankruptcy provides an opportunity for blessing for the church and commercial real estate buyers. The bankruptcy will jettison debt for the church, allowing them to focus on their core mission of serving their members and the community. Additionally, the bankruptcy auction, conducted by Tranzon Driggers, will provide a blessing to buyers seeking to purchase two of the church’s prime commercial properties in Lakeland and Tampa.”
So, the real blessing here… real estate buyers in Lakeland. And the real estate company. And the church.
Wait… the church?
Who knew that bankruptcy could be such a blessing?
For some pastors in the Lakeland community, seeing Without Walls lose it’s influence (or at least the brand type of Christianity they marketed) is not an entirely bad thing for the community. Yet it’s another black-eye in that local community of Christianity gone bad.
But to say that a church bankruptcy is a blessing seems a bit weird to me.
Do you think a church bankruptcy could ever be a blessing?
PS – In an ironic ministry, Without Walls International Church prominently features their Business Concepts Networking group. Here’s the description: Do you own or operate your own business? Would you like to? Do you have a business idea? Then join our Business Concepts Networking group and let us help to develop and maintain the building blocks needed to encourage the growth of your company. See what others are doing and how your expertise may help.