Episode 391: The Temptations of a Permanent Location

In Episode 391 of the NewChurches Q&A Podcast, Daniel and Ed discuss temptations that come along with moving into a permanent location.

“What are the temptations that come along with having your very first permanent location? Our church plant is three years old and we have been meeting in a bar through this whole time, but we just secured our very first permanent location and we are really excited about it. It’s an old warehouse in downtown. What are some of the pitfalls or temptations that come along with a church plant getting a permanent location? What are some of the things we need to protect or guard against when it comes to having our own building?”

In This Episode, You’ll Discover:

  • How to encourage people to keep serving after moving to a permanent location
  • Strategy for keeping the church on mission

Shareable Quotes (#NewChurches):

  • “The first temptation is to give your volunteers a break, especially your setup crew.” – @danielsangi
  • “Celebrate them to show how appreciative you’ve been, but in that same moment cast a vision for what’s next.” – @danielsangi
  • “There is a sense that the temptation is to become the establishment and lose the mission – to move from the ‘go and tell’ to the ‘come and see.'” – @edstetzer
  • “Your attendance will bump 25% typically 6 months after you move into a new building.” – @edstetzer
  • “The danger here is that setup gives you a place for lots of people to serve, but its also a place where people who wouldn’t fit in other places can serve.” – @edstetzer
  • “At a bare minimum, try to start a small group out of the setup and tear down team.” – @danielsangi
  • “Use this as an opportunity to say, ‘we don’t want you to act derived, we want you to live sent.'” – @edstetzer
  • “The church is not the building, the building is the place the church meets. We are still on mission.” – @edstetzer

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Published May 30, 2019

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