Three Changes in Church Practices (Most of Us) Did Not See Coming – Episode One: The Dramatic Changes in Church Facilities

Episode #259
July 21, 2022
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It is cliche to say the world is changing. And it is cliche that churches are changing. But churches are indeed changing. Some of the changes were predictable, but some were not. Thom looks at three of the major changes most people did not see coming. In this first of three episodes, he looks at the surprising changes in church facilities. 

  • The massive decrease in church construction: 2002: $8.7 billion/month. 2012: $3.9 billion/month. 2022: $2.65 billion/month.
  • The intentional reduction in worship center space.
  • The massive decline in education space.
  • The eager acceptance of non-traditional space.
  • The renovation of dying churches that were adopted.




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