Are Your Church Facilities an Obstacle to Growth?
Check out the interior of any national chain store in your neighborhood (a grocery store, pharmacy, clothing store, restaurant, etc.). On average, retail businesses remodel their facilities every 4-7 years, and with good reason. There's something about "new": new additives to toothpaste, new vitamin potency in cereal, new models of cars, new versions of software. "New" attracts. By contrast, most churches renovate their facilities every 25-40 years, and some go even longer without an extreme home make-over.
If your church building is over 15 years old, it is probably a growth-restricting obstacle.
When it comes to church visitors, you don't have a second chance for a good first impression. And one of the first impressions visitors have of your church is its building; first the outside, then the inside. Visitors don't need to be professional architects to sense that the ceiling is too low, the halls too narrow, the windows outdated, or the color schemes from a different generation. As Marshall ...1