By Lyle E. Schaller
Solutions the query "Why begin new churches?" and indicates the best way to opposite the decline of latest church improvement. Schaller bargains confirmed recommendation in response to greater than thirty years of operating with leaders liable for constructing new church buildings.
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That type of class can (1) be an attractive entry point for newcomers, (2) facilitate the "getting acquainted" process with first-time visitors, (3) improve the quality and relevance of the sermons, (4) be supportive of the children's division in the Sunday school by modeling the concept that "everybody here goes to Sunday school," and (5) be an attractive means of introducing adults, who have never attended an adult Sunday school class, to that concept. That Permanent Location Back in the romantic 1960s a popular theme among upper-middle-class Anglos declared a truly mission-minded congregation would not waste its money on land and buildings, but would devote all its resources to missions and outreach.
A growing number of congregations have concluded it is possible to "divide and multiply" by offering the discontented another option, and that raises a seventh question for those interested in new church development. Chapter IV The Multi-Site Option At least one-third of our members, including close to a majority of our younger families, want to sell this old property and relocate to a larger site where we could have plenty of off-street parking and construct a new and modern building," explained the troubled pastor.
A high school or community college building usually will be more compatible than the choice of an elementary school. The community college (or high school or university) temporary meeting place helps communicate the image of a regional church while the elementary school tends to convey the image that this is a neighborhood church. Finally, the combination of "having our own place" plus accumulating equity means that it may be appropriate to purchase an existing religious facility or commercial building or warehouse as a temporary meeting place.
44 Questions for Church Planters by Lyle E. Schaller