Those of us engaged in denominational churches have witnessed downsizing of our judicatories -- national and regional. Staffs have shrunk and buildings have become more a liability than a help. There are a myriad of reasons why this happens, some are financial and some are logistic. In this essay, Martin Marty offers his own insight into these trends. I invite you to offer your thoughts not only on the edifices but the extra-congregational structures that they represent in relationship to the mission of the church.