The New Rules for Church Facilities We Didn’t See Coming

Episode #792
March 14, 2023
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History gives us some insight into how a return to normal occurs following a pandemic. After the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic, it took about two years for people to resettle into their typical patterns again. We’re entering into this phase with Covid, but some things in the church will not return to pre-Covid activity. In this episode, Thom and Sam discuss how the pandemic has forever changed the way people experience church facilities.

1. The 80% rule is now the 60% rule.

2. Worship spaces are shrinking—fast.

3. The stand and greet time is dead, but hospitality is more important than ever.

4. Google Street View is the new first impression.

5. Horizontal growth is faster than vertical growth.

6. Gathering space renovations are among the most popular for capital campaigns.

7. Bonus thought: Getting younger as a church helps free up parking spaces.



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