Many communities struggle with a shortage of public space in which to hold meetings, events, and offer education. These communities often view local churches and their facilities as accessible and welcoming places that meet their needs. When it comes to such use, however, church leaders often are challenged to develop consistent facility policies and practices. Yet careful building use can be an excellent form of congregational stewardship, providing hospitality and, in some cases, evangelistic opportunities.
Five factors demonstrate why churches need up-to-date policies and practices on facility use.
1. Coordination. There is a limited amount of space in a church. Some rooms are more appealing than others for different groups. Does the church want its ministries to have priority over outside organizations in facility use?
2. Responsibility. Churches need to define the who, what, when, and how of facilities use. How much space preparation must be done by church staff? How much by users? ...1