If you want to ignite a culture of strategic expansion, you have to build for one–literally. But buildings require time and capital. For some churches, especially those that are focused on reaching more people for Christ as quickly as possible, the thought of building new campuses or investing in permanent space seems at odds with a nimble, frugal approach to launching multiple congregations.
As Sunday services go, Easter ranks as the highest attended worship service throughout the year—outpacing Christmas and Mother’s Day. You know this. You’ve seen your crowded worship spaces each year. And no doubt you and your ministry staff have already begun your sermon and lesson preparation for Holy Week. But in all your planning for the most important day on the Christian calendar, don’t forget to think beyond the pulpit.
Discover the impact Millennials' values, allegiances, and assumptions will have on your church.
New churches help new people find a way back to God. So starting new churches and new sites is a good thing. But if you want to plant more churches and sites, you need to be thinking about leadership development.
Your church has decided it’s ready to renovate or build a new facility. Your next big decision will be to determine who you’ll hire as your church building partner. Many church bylaws and rules of governance dictate a due diligence process that includes soliciting multiple firms with a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) or a Request for Proposal (RFP) as a primary means for comparing building partners.
How One Church's Renovation Created Maximum Impact Without Adding More Space The Fields Church sits on a 5-acre plot of land in rural Mattoon, Illinois. Though one of approximately 40 other churches in and near this farming community, the area remains largely unchurched. “Seventy percent of our community is not in a church on Sunday morning,” says Travis Spencer, lead pastor of The Fields. Reaching the unchurched is the central mission at The Fields. Known for being an accepting, welcoming church, their attendance has continued to increase over the years, so much so that they started to feel the diminishing return of attracting more people than their church building could effectively hold. When Aspen Group first met at The Fields to evaluate their ministry needs, it was clear that the exterior look of the building was a deterren t to attracting new visitors.
Is the Church You're in Today Built to Reach People Tomorrow? Now, more than ever, churches need to invest in well-designed facilities to help create space for people to connect with God and others. But the way that people experience God and community is changing. In this video, Aspen architect Derek DeGroot looks at key shifts in culture that affect the way pastors and church leaders need to be thinking about church design and facility use. Here are four examples taken from his talk, "Is the Church You're in Today Built to Reach People in the Future": Offer Spaces Just to Be Do we offer restful spaces? At Aspen, we call these spaces "respites." The key characteristics of respites include: It’s off the beaten path It connects people to God It offers personal and individual space It contains positive distractions An example is a rooftop garden at a hospital. People at a hospital may be suffering, and they can come to this space to connect to God. The church needs to create more of these types of spaces, spaces designed for people just to be, if we're going to reach the next generation. While your church may have respite spaces, one of the things you may be missing is an obvious invitation for people to use them. Be sure you let everyone know—including those in the church and those passing by—about the quiet spaces available in or outside of your church property.
Pastors who are contemplating moving their church beyond a single campus face a variety of daunting questions: Should we plant or go multisite? Which model makes the most sense for our context—and will it work? What kind of facility or location will best serve the community we’d like to reach? How will resources be shared or distributed to multiple campuses? Aspen Group has been partnering with the most trusted, experienced voices on the topic of launching new congregations, and we’ve brought all of our resources into one easy-to-access Resources for Multisites & More webpage.
What’s hot, what’s next, and what needs to die In church architecture, there are important movements that church leaders should consider before embarking on a church building project, a renovation, or a remodel. We asked a variety of church industry professionals to identify the top trends.
At Stones Crossing Church in Greenwood, Indiana, roughly 900 people attend weekend services each week at the site they purchased and built on in 2003. Over the years, the church has become known for strengthening marriages and families.
The multisite church may have been an innovative idea among large, cutting-edge congregations when they first started to appear in the 1980s. Now, though, multisite has become the mainstream model for expansion among healthy, growing churches of all sizes.