By Lyle E. Schaller
Solutions the query "Why begin new churches?" and exhibits how you can opposite the decline of latest church improvement. Schaller deals confirmed suggestion in keeping with greater than thirty years of operating with leaders liable for constructing new church buildings.
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Today far greater affirmation is being given in support of the traditional concept of each congregation owning and controlling its own permanent meeting place. Perhaps the big contemporary exception to that generalization is the decision by several score upwardly mobile Korean congregations to rent as long as the landlord church will agree to that arrangement. While the details of choosing and financing that permanent location are discussed in chapter 13, four other factors that should influence that decision should be taken into consideration in selecting the temporary meeting place.
A third outcome is to leave it as a completely open-ended arrangement and trust the leaders of twenty years hence to make wise decisions on the next steps. Few can do that. A fourth outcome is to design and seek to perpetuate this as a permanent arrangement. The reasons vary tremendously, but among the most common are these. This can be a means for people to enjoy the spontaneity, intimacy, and warm fellowship that can be achieved in a congregation averaging two hundred to five hundred at worship, which is an impossible goal in the huge parish where anonymity becomes a mixed blessing.
The simplest illustration of this decision to begin small is that consistent with the approach to ministry of the pastor who prefers to concentrate on one-to-one relationships with individuals and who conceptualizes this as a collection of eighty people. 1 A second facet of this distinction relates to the organizational structure. The decision to begin small is consistent with the desire to minimize the organizational structure, place nearly all the policy making and planning responsibilities in one board, keep the number of committees and meetings to a minimum, and depend largely on that informal grapevine to be the heart of the internal communication system.