Seven Church Facility Trends

April 26, 2016
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Podcast Episode #219


Discussion about seven relevant trends that churches are facing when it comes to facilities. From the shift to smaller gathering spaces to what types of spaces are being built, facility trends are changing where and how local churches gather.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • Churches will continue to close as the Builder Generation continues to die.
  • Millennials have swung the pendulum away from big box churches to more intimate settings.
  • Church facilities are some of the most underutilized facilities we have.
  • Church facilities can be used more effectively if the community is a part of the usage.
  • Small groups attendance is significantly greater when held on campus than when held in homes.
  • To be Christian is to no longer be favored in most communities.
  • When a church goes into a community, the entire quality of life in the area goes up.

The seven facility trends we discuss for the future of American churches are:

  1. More acquisitions and mergers
  2. Even smaller worship centers
  3. More creative types of facilities
  4. Seven-days-a-week usage
  5. Community-focused
  6. More on-campus small groups
  7. More governmental opposition

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