By Lyle E. Schaller
Solutions the query "Why begin new churches?" and exhibits tips to opposite the decline of latest church improvement. Schaller bargains confirmed recommendation in line with greater than thirty years of operating with leaders liable for constructing new church buildings.
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1 Although no one knows the exact number of independent or nondenominational or unaffiliated Protestant churches in existence in 1990, a reasonable estimate is the number exceeds 25,000, and it may be closer to 100,000 if one includes unaffiliated house churches and storefront congregations. Their combined attendance at Sunday morning worship certainly exceeds five million and may be closer to ten million. If they all united to create a new Protestant denomination, a highly unlikely possibility, this not only would be the largest Protestant body in North America, it also would include the greatest diversity of people in terms of the racial, language, and ethnic composition of the membership.
In addition to the tendency to clone, rather than to create a new model to reach a different segment of the population, that model often produced a surprise for that generous pastor. Most of those "members-on loan" became so excited with the chance to help pioneer a new mission and the opportunity of writing a new rule book rather than be bound by decades-old traditions back at First Church that they canceled the plan to return. One result was that many of these pastors decided not to do that again.
If that retail space is in a shopping mall, it may be possible to rent a large room designed for public meetings for Sunday morning and/or one or two other mornings. A strong argument can be made that the list of criteria should be expanded to begin with the question, Whom are we trying to reach and what is the best temporary meeting place for reaching that segment of the population? Second on that expanded list of criteria should be, What are our priorities in programming, and what will we need to house that program?
44 Questions for Church Planters by Lyle E. Schaller