Is Your Church In Danger?
We have all read the news stories and heard the dire predictions. Church attendance is dropping, worshippers are dropping like flies and churches are closing left and right. The world of Worship is in trouble. What if I told you there are reasons for all of this and some of them are beyond a church’s control? The old image of a church is a stand-alone building, tall spire and a bell that calls parishioners to worship. As I said, that is the old image….. The “new” image for the past couple of decades is the MEGA church. You know, the one that has a Starbucks, a book store, a cafe, and a spa? The bright, shiny, multi-million dollar building that can hold 3,000 people at a time. Maybe these images are part of the problem causing a drop in church attendance?
The Church is Where The Heart Is
In the Christian faith, Matthew 18:20 is based upon the idea that as long as you are worshipping with other believers, it doesn’t matter where you meet to do so. We mentioned the two most recent images of the traditional house of worship or church. The old, formal way and the new, mega-way. Each one comes with a lot of responsibility and cost. Buildings to maintain, utility bills to pay and staff to take care of it all. No wonder some congregations are struggling to keep the doors open, nevermind growing their ranks. Now, imagine your church building is in an area that has lost population or has gone downhill. It can seem like all the cards are stacked against your group. There is a new movement that may be just what your church needs. . . The Portable Church.
If You Rent It, They Will Come
Many parishioners, especially those with a heart to plant churches, are discovering the power of the Portable Church. No, it’s not a trailer you can tow around on Sunday, although you could. We are talking about simply renting a venue every week, rather than buying a building. This is an obvious solution for the newly planted church or a small congregation. You simply don’t have the money or manpower to maintain either of the standard Church models and you have outgrown the Pastor’s house. Why not seek a welcoming, neutral location that you can rent for just the worship time you need? Many are doing just that, you can see signs in the roadway medians in many areas. Those are most likely someone meeting in a non-traditional space that they have rented just for worship times.
This model can apply to ANY religious group, regardless of beliefs. That in itself can be a huge benefit if you can find a place that is neutral in décor and centrally located to your members. As we pointed out before….The church is Where You Are.
The Beacon Center – Portable Church Incubator
We have had the honor of hosting a local small church for several years. They eventually outgrew us and changed their direction. We have also had several small groups and religious organizations meet in our clean, bright and neutral space. Our Center is the perfect solution for planting a new church, expanding as a satellite location or just a place for your small group to meet. We are open to all beliefs and denominations. You can take a virtual tour on our website and then schedule an in-person visit. See how we can help you spread your good works and reach those in need of spiritual fulfillment.