Facility Crises and How Churches Are Responding

May 21, 2019
Episode #538
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Almost every church has some kind of facility issue. From being too big or not big enough, facilities rarely match the pace of a church’s growth or decline. Today, we discuss these facility changes and the needs found in many churches across America.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • You can only lead effectively in the direction in which people are willing to follow.
  • Deferred maintenance always costs you more than if you stayed on top of the needs when they arise.
  • If your church facility is extremely underused, consider partnering with a church plant or like-minded ministry. Many of them need space, and some churches have a great amount of unused space.
  • Be creative in how and who uses your church facility during the week. Use your facility to minister to the community when possible.

The seven points we discuss are:

  1. First problem: deferred maintenance
  2. Second problem: wrong-size worship centers
  3. Third problem: low occupancy
  4. Some churches are merging with churches without facilities
  5. Relaunching may grow
  6. The need for diagnosis
  7. The future of partnerships with businesses

Resources mentioned in today’s podcast

Rainer on Leadership is a member of the LifeWay Leadership Podcast Network


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