Thursday, May 26, 2011

What happens when you take Christ and the cross out of the church?

That's exactly what the former Christ Community Church of Spring Lake did in June of 2010 when they changed their name to C3Exchange and removed the cross from their building. It appears the church stopped practicing orthodox Christianity years ago but in 2010 they tried to make sure they weren't mistaken for a church.

C3Exchange, 225 E. Exchange, Spring Lake, was formerly known as Christ Community Church. The Rev. Ian Lawton, the church's pastor, said the name change and removing the cross were designed to reflect the church's diverse members.

"Our community has been a really open-minded community for some years now," he said. "We've had a number of Muslim people, Jewish people, Buddhists, atheists. ... We're catching up (to) ourselves."


Lawton said C3Exhange will also begin “dechurching” the building’s interior over the next year, replacing banners and rearranging the building’s layout.

Fast forward a year and they're attempting to sell their building and land because they can no longer afford it.

The C3Exchange Board of Trustees has announced that the "inclusive spiritual community" can no longer afford its building at 225 E. Exchange, Spring Lake.

The building, a landmark in the village, is to be listed with the Grand Rapids-based real estate firm NAI Wisinski for $1.9 million, C3Exchange officials said.

The board said, in a press release, that older debts were a major reason for the cash flow problem. The community had announced it was having financial problems in March and would consider all options, including leaving the building it had occupied since the 1970s.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous7:43 PM

    This is yet another sign, as spelled out in Revelations and elsewhere in the Bible, that there will be great deception and a falling away from God of some churches. These people might as well turn their church into a casino!