By Lyle E. Schaller
Solutions the query "Why commence new churches?" and indicates tips on how to opposite the decline of latest church improvement. Schaller deals verified recommendation in keeping with greater than thirty years of operating with leaders chargeable for constructing new church buildings.
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A more serious risk is that potential future members may drift away when they realize the limitations on programming due to those rented facilities. It is difficult to build a strong weekday program in a public school building or a bank or a mortuary or a lodge hall or in the facilities available on Sunday morning from a local college. One alternative is to rent a vacant retail store for those first several months. This usually has the benefit of high visibility and opportunities to encourage "drop-ins" during shopping hours.
A strong argument can be made that the list of criteria should be expanded to begin with the question, Whom are we trying to reach and what is the best temporary meeting place for reaching that segment of the population? Second on that expanded list of criteria should be, What are our priorities in programming, and what will we need to house that program? Thus a storefront in a shopping mall can be a useful temporary facility if the top priority in programming is pastoral counseling. That also can be a good temporary location if the goal is to focus on attracting mature adults.
This can be a critical factor if the goal is to create a new megachurch and/or to reach the sight-sound-sensation generation and/or to make the best use of a motion picture theater as the temporary meeting place. In several cases none of the three drew a salary for the first several months to a year and were supported by an employed spouse. This variation arouses all kinds of comments about the advantages and disadvantages of subsidies, exploitation, polity, minimum salaries, and the nature of the call to ministry that cannot be discussed here.