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Sanctuary or Jet Hanger?

January 18, 2005 by

Idlewild Baptist Church in Tampa, Fla. is building a new $73-million facility with a sanctuary large enough to hold Air Force One. The new 400,000 square foot building sits on a 143-acre campus and will house the church’s 66 full-time staff members—all to serve the church’s 9,000 members.

A gigantic building project like this certainly makes a statement. I can only hope that statement is heard outside the $73-million facility.

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Kevin D. Hendricks


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2 Responses to “Sanctuary or Jet Hanger?”

  • John Nagle
    May 16, 2006

    And they have a Starbucks on-site.


  • Susan
    September 25, 2007

    No – someone has incorrect information. Actually they have a cafe that serves Starbucks. Being from Seattle, I can tell you that is not the same thing.
    And if one has never attended a service there, one ought not to comment. I was there last week……. and have never been to any church where I felt true worship (it’s all about God not me)as I did there.
    Have you read lately (or ever?) God’s blueprint for His temple – and what He designed for worship? Apparently someone from Idlewild did. How refreshing and what a blessing to see Christians with a vision to build something that is really to the glory of God.
    And, I praise God that the servants at Idlewild didn’t/don’t let snide comments from other Christians deter them in their purpose.



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