Ed Stetzer sent over his recent insights for Church Planters:
Church planters have a million issues to consider as they start a new church: what music style do we use, how do we let the community know about us, and when do we get started (to name just a few). Yet they may now be able to cross one more worry off their list—whether it hurts them to not meet in a "church" building.
This is something we had to think through as a church. Kaleo Church has met in a church, an office building, a theater, a warehouse and we are only a couple years old. We've found that guests increased when we moved into the theater, but the downside it is hard to build community and do the family ministry.
Our experience would agree with Stetzer's research, finding a church building is not important. According to the survey of 1,200 people asked, If you were considering visiting or joining a church, would knowing that the church does not meet in a traditional church building impact your decision?
- It would not make any difference 73%
- It would negatively impact my decision 19%
- It would positively impact my decision 6%
- Not sure 2%
Read the full article: Where Should a New Church Meet?