As I recently posted, there are very good reasons why churches should be tax exempt. One Nashville church, though, found that its attempts to reach out to the poor and needy in the community resulted in a very large property tax bill. Their case is an example of the increasing attacks on church tax exemption.
Christ Church Nashville is a large, vibrant congregation in Nashville, Tennessee. The church completed an addition to its church building in 2004. The addition was designed for the purpose of outreach to the community. It contained an indoor playground, a chapel, a café connected to a bookstore, and an indoor gymnasium with a fitness center. Christ Church’s desire in constructing these facilities was to become a gathering place for the community. The church reasoned that there were people surrounding its campus that would not normally come into a traditional church, so it sought to open itself to those people as a place of gathering and religious outreach. FULL POST