QUOTE(kevin23 @ Jan 11 2019, 10:14 AM)
A church in Subang Jaya. Next to UCSI school.
Lets just put it this way. A church is supposed to be a place of worship nothing more. They are not supposed to run a church like a freaking business.
If u step inside collective kl, theres a futsal court which is open to public, theres a cafe, and they even rent out their lobby space for events.
Yes donations to church are acceptable. But the fact is they run this church like a business establishment. Thats why ppl are not so comfortable with it.
"They are not supposed to run a church like a business"
"They should not engage in business activities"
"They should not engage in ANY business activities AT ALL"
are 3 very different things. I'm going to talk about point 1 in relation to the cafe.
The facilities in the church are mainly for their own use. You know I know that hardly anyone will come into the church just to drink coffee. Obviously there has to be a charge for the usage of the facilities/consumption of the goods. Anybody who runs F&B will know that the cafe is unlikely to be profitable.
It's a very far step from having a designated, essentially subsidised cafe, to "running a church like a business". That's something else entirely.
The "event space" will be similar, and again for similar reasons. Usually events are going to be held by fellow Christian organisations.
What are the alternatives? Well e.g. my church runs a canteen on 100% donation basis, where someone just tops up the Nescafe when it runs out. I don't entirely agree with that, I believe there should be a nominal charge for the consumer. Well they are small enough that they don't feel the pinch. But if they had a congregation in the 1000s, coffee money becomes a significant amount.