How to Handle an Expanding Church Member Base

While there is nothing wrong with keeping the church member base at a steady level for many years, there is also a hope among churches to expand. Every church wants to expand its reach. While it is rare to see churches expand to more than one or two neighboring cities, even such expansions can present a number of issues. While the influx of members is always welcome, it also means that some changes need to get made. And one of the changes that we would like to talk about is how churches may want to add other locations.

It is always a huge risk when you are opening up another church location. It is one thing to keep maintaining a single location, because it costs a lot less. But buying land and starting up a new location is a huge undertaking. The first thing that a church must do is ensure the interest is there. If you know that enough members are going to attend events at that location, an expansion makes sense. If you feel as though the current growth trend of members can be maintained over the next five years, a new location makes sense.

Another way to look at it is that you can either make everyone feel as though the current location is too crowded, or you can take a gamble and work on two locations. It may be tough at first, ensuring that both locations are maintaining the same quality of engagement and services. But those challenges are not hard to overcome. And if there is any confusion about how to proceed, it is always a good idea to look at how other churches in the area have handled an expansion.

There is a natural growth for churches when new members come to the congregation. And we believe that adding new locations is the organic way of ensuring that a church community is not just surviving, but thriving.

What is Involved in Building a Church?

Did you know that there are always new churches coming along and starting out, all over the world? Because of this, there are a lot of people out there who are trying to make sure that they have the best understanding of what is going on and how they can get ahead with what they feel like they need to know. That being said, what do you need in order to help your church grow and thrive in a positive manner? Are there methods that you want to try and follow?

First off, many people don’t like to talk about this, but money can be quite the concern in regards to the church. You need money to take care of different things, like church furniture, paying the pastor, and dealing with the bills (electric, etc). Because of that, you need things like an offering and fundraising drives in order to make sure that everything is in order and ready to go in those situations. You may also need to take care of other things, like children’s ministry tools and whatnot, so that you can keep up with the ministry of the church, as well.

By looking at these things and working out what it is that you need to be able to do, you’re going to notice that the church is in need of other things as well. Did you know that some churches actually have to take out grants and such in order to be able to get things taken care of properly? Sometimes, they cannot sustain themselves well, so it makes it a little more difficult for them to try and work out what needs to happen and how they can make sure that it occurs in a way that makes sense.

Training people is also a big part of helping the church to grow and expand without too many issues in the meantime. You can find a lot of people who are willing to help with different things and, as a result, you are likely trying to determine just what matters and how you’re going to be able to make the most for what is going on. This allows more people to help with the bigger picture and, as a result, you may feel a lot more prepared to do what they can to help the church out.

Learning about the workings of the church is interesting and, more than ever, there are people who are looking to take care of whatever may be going on and how you want to make sense of it. It isn’t just about the church furniture, you know! You want to be certain that you have a grip on all of the things that need to be taken care of in different ways. You can learn about your options and, as time goes on, you will feel much better prepared than you would have been if you tried to go about starting a church and figuring that stuff out on your own, as well.

Church of the Nativity

For many Christians, visiting holy sites and ancient churches can be an incredibly spiritual experience.  There are many churches out there that Christians ought to visit, but I do not think that any list would be complete without the Church of the Nativity.  This church, of course, is located in Bethlehem, so it was built in the same town in which Christ was born.  Back when Christ was born, this church obviously did not exist, but it was commissioned by Constantine in 327, and it is still standing today.

Although it is still standing, it is a holy site that is considered to be endangered.  Because it is so old, it has been difficult for maintenance to be done on it, and while one would hope that it can be restored, this is not something that is guaranteed.  Because of this, Christians are encouraged to visit the site whenever they possibly get a chance.  The sooner, the better.

One of the great things about the Church of the Nativity is the fact that they still have great festivities all around it every December.  For any Christian who wants to celebrate the birth of Christ with their fellow believers from all around the world, this is definitely a great event to attend.

There has been recent damage to the church.  First of all, in 2002 to there was a siege upon the church performed by Palestinians.  Then, in 2014, there was a fire within the church that did cause some slight damage to it.  Thankfully, they are currently working on restoring the church, which is definitely good news for any Christian out there who is hoping to visit it at some point in his or her life.  Still, it is on UNESCO’s list of world heritage sites in danger, so Christians who want to visit it should not delay their visit.

Whether you do ever get to visit it or not, it is a church with an amazing history, and it has a whole lot of meaning to those of us who believe in Christ and his teachings.