Using Your Church’s Facilities More Effectively Throughout the Week

March 8, 2016
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Podcast Episode #205


A look at how churches can better steward their facilities and how to deal with opposition to facility usage.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • College football stadiums are possibly the only large facilities used less often than most church worship centers.
  • Ministry is about using resources to reach people for Christ. It’s not about hoarding resources.
  • If your church lets outside groups use its facility, a clear rental policy needs to be in place.
  • We’ve been doing the same things for so long that we rarely stop and ask “is this the best use of our space?”
  • A facility usage audit is often critical to growing your small groups on campus.
  • The type of seating you place in your worship center determines what else can be done in that room.
  • Stage size is something to consider when making any changes to seating or design of a worship center.
  • Church facilities are one of the largest expenses in a church budget. We should steward those expenses well.

The eight ways your church can use your church facilities more effectively are:

  1. Determine your philosophy of sacred space
  2. Partner with other organizations
  3. Create a church within a church
  4. Have a clear rental policy
  5. Do a facility audit (including space audit)
  6. Think creatively about space
  7. Think wisely when purchasing new fixtures and seating.
  8. Check your insurance policy for any specific exclusions

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