If you want to ignite a culture of strategic expansion, you have to build for one–literally.
Derek DeGroot · June 26, 2017
If you want to ignite a culture of strategic expansion, you have to build for one–literally. But buildings require time and capital.
For some churches, especially those that are focused on reaching more people for Christ as quickly as possible, the thought of building new campuses or investing in permanent space seems at odds with a nimble, frugal approach to launching multiple congregations.
Aspen Group, as founders of the Cornerstone Knowledge Network (CKN), commissioned Barna Group to research the impact of today’s various methods and models for church expansion. We wondered what role facilities play in reaching more people with the Gospel and fueling a church’s growth strategy.
Does a building inhibit a church’s ability to expand, or does it actually help create steady, sustainable growth?
Four key themes emerged in our More Than Multisite research in regards to designing and planning for multiple church facilities:
1. Design The Experience
The setting we select to gather God’s people tells a story—both about the space itself and about the people occupying it. The physical place a church chooses to call “home” says something about that church—who it is, what it values, and how it reaches and disciples people in the context of our culture.
Selecting or designing a space that doesn’t match your church’s DNA will create a disconnect with people. Thoughtful, intentional design, on the other hand, creates a sense of consistency and trust with your congregants and church guests.
As a new church plant or multisite, new guests will be checking you out. Nearly each person that comes through your facility will come away with a distinctly positive or negative impression of your church. Your ministry and your people will surely be large components of that experience. So will your physical space.