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View Facility Principles for Church Plants

Facility Principles for Church Plants

- In order for church plants to begin to think about land or facility purchase, the baseline numbers in the Covenant have been:  100+ in attendance and over $100,000 in local giving.  We need to update these figures, since typical land & construction costs are now running between one to two million dollars.  Rob may have updated numbers; or may have numbers that factor-in whether we’re looking at an urban, suburban, or rural project.  Bottom-line, we don’t want a church to have over 1/3 of it’s local giving going for facility.  If it does, it severely limits what the church can do in terms of staff, ministry and mission.
- Church Plants tend to do best in one-day a week facilities like schools or community-centers.  These offer the lowest cost, are in locations that the community recognizes, have ample parking, and are places where families feel safe.   Churches also rent theaters, however they generally have fixed-seating and limit what you can do with worship and children.  Churches rent other churches, like you have at Trinity.  This works especially well when the plant prefers to meet at another time than Sunday morning and when the church has a more traditional space that fits the core values and worship style of the plant.  The down-side of one-day a week facilities is that the launch team needs to do set-up each week; however, we find that most plants are willing to do this for 5-7 years and many find that this is a way of engaging men and increasing the commitment level of the church.  After setting up for 5-7 years, people are really ready to pay the cost of building, etc. 
- Our experience is that Church Plants in 24-7 spaces tend be smaller and grow slower—both because the size of space they rent limits the size the church can get and because people feel ‘settled’ in their own space which fosters a ‘small church’ mentality.
- Successful church facilities have the right combination of 3 spaces inside:  worship space that can accommodate 200 (so you can move to 2 services), gathering/fellowship space that is 1/3 to 1/2 the size of the sanctuary, and good kids ministry space.  They also are visible, accessible, attractive, and have adequate parking.

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