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April 2, 2019

Not Your Mama's Church Venue

By New Churches Team

You’ve heard the phrase, “Location, location, location” and know that it is important to find the right venue space for your church plant. Ideal places to meet would be a movie theater, a school gym, or the facilities of an existing church building. However, what if none of these ideal spaces are available to rent in your area? Where do you go? What do you look for? What if your budget is pretty tight?

Where to Start Looking

When searching for your church venue space, it may be beneficial to think outside of the box. Everywhere you go, start asking yourself, “How many people can I fit into this place? And will it be available on a Sunday morning?” By being creative in the places you seek out, you may be surprised about what is actually available.

For example, a local performance theater in your area, a dance studio, or a large storefront could make great venue spaces. Think about the places in your community that are not open or don’t open until later on Sundays, and see if the space is a good fit for your church.

What if the Space Costs Too Much?

If you happen to stumble upon a great commercial space to meet on Sundays, but it is outside of your budget, try brainstorming about how the space can be used on the weekdays to bring in revenue and to bless your community. Could part of the space be used to provide daycare or preschool services? Maybe some of the office space could be rented out to an after school tutoring company? Could you rent out space to a local gymnastics organization to use as their gym location? Could you rent out office space to local nonprofit organizations?

One important factor to keep in mind when looking for a venue space is the surrounding businesses and communities. Unfortunately, the reality of today is that not everyone will be happy with the possibility of a “church coming into town.” Take the time to talk to the businesses and people around the venue space you are looking at. It is a great opportunity to make connections, address any concerns the business owners may have, and to build bridges into the community, instead of tearing them down.

Adapted from the New Churches Q&A Podcast Episode 354: Location, Location, Location. Click here to subscribe and listen to more church planting, multisite, and multiplication tips.

 

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New Churches Team

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