How Run-down Facilities Can Exacerbate the Decline in a Church

Episode #055
August 23, 2018
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Facility issues can stall or hinder church growth. Today, we discuss five reasons church facilities can cause decline in your church.

Today’s Listener Question:


I’m a bivocational pastor at a normative size church. The church has grown a little and we’re to the point where we have to decide if we bring on more bivocational staff (music and kids ministries are volunteer led) or use funds to start upgrading facilities. My gut reaction is that we upgrade the facilities, keep growing, and then hire the staff, but some of my deacons say the opposite. Staff first, then facilities. Help!

Episode Highlights:

  • A run-down church facility tells the community that “we don’t care.”
  • Families will be turned off by run-down or dirty church facilities because they will be worried about the safety of their kids.
  • Churches should be a place of hope in their communities.
  • Do what it takes to get rid of the distractions in your church facility so that people can focus on worship and discipleship.

The five reasons we discuss are:

  1. It communicates to the community “we don’t care”
  2. Parents are fearful of bringing their children
  3. It creates ill will in the neighborhood
  4. It demoralizes the congregation
  5. It is a distraction to the congregation

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