Episode 439: Should I Pursue Using a Declining Church’s Building?

In Episode 439 of the NewChurches Q&A Podcast, Daniel and Ed discuss how a church planter should approach a declining church about a merger.

“My name is Bart and I am planting a church in Sarasota, FL. We are currently renting the building that we meet in every Sunday morning. I hear of churches that are shrinking in size and may not make it much longer allowing growing, and possibly newer, churches to use their building, and possibly even take it over. Is there a way to lovingly pursue an option like this? I know of a couple of churches in the area that can seat over 100 and yet have less than 30 in attendance each week. Or would it be better to just keep doing what we are doing and not pursue using another church’s building?”

In This Episode, You’ll Discover:

  • The best way to approach a church about a merger
  • Why relationship is important

Shareable Quotes (#NewChurches):

  • “Part of the challenges is that he is in the position of asking which changes the dynamic.” – @edstetzer
  • “The church planter goes to talk to the regional leader and asks them to talk to the church about this and then the potential conversation can begin.” – @edstetzer
  • “The sponsor church is supposed to ask out the new church plant.” – @edstetzer
  • “The multisite thing has created suspicion in people’s minds.” – @edstetzer
  • “Begin relationships with other pastors in your city, not because you want their building, but because you want to pray together and reach the city together.” – @danielsangi
  • “Intentionally build these relationships with other pastors in your city. They are not your enemies.” – @danielsangi
  • “Build together. Work together. Pray together. Who knows what God is going to do in the future.” – @danielsangi

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Published November 14, 2019

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