By Lyle E. Schaller
Solutions the query "Why commence new churches?" and exhibits the right way to opposite the decline of latest church improvement. Schaller deals established recommendation in keeping with greater than thirty years of operating with leaders answerable for constructing new church buildings.
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For that minister who is the second or subsequent pastor in an independent church's history, a powerful reason to affiliate with a large denomination is that this may offer an answer to that question, What happens if they fire me? Most denominations offer assistance to the pastor seeking a new call if that pastor has ministerial standing in that denomination. Occasionally this means the pastor seeks ministerial standing even though the congregation refuses to seek affiliation with that denomination.
A widely followed design has been for the mission developer to come on the scene, complete several thousand calls, perhaps make hundreds of telephone calls, send out large volumes of direct mail, and, after four to six months, schedule that first worship service. Four or five months later a full scale program had emerged with regularly scheduled corporate worship, Sunday school, a budget, a women's organization, one or two adult Bible study groups meeting weekly, perhaps a radio program, a youth group, and at least a minimum organizational structure to enable this to become a self-governing and selffinancing ministry.
Fourth, a reasonable goal is to provide twice the number of off-street parking spaces required by municipal land use regulations. In a few denominations the primary responsibility for early purchase of what eventually will be the starting places for future churches has been allocated either to a national agency of that religious body or to a private real estate firm. That usually means (a) lower costs, (b) a wider choice of sites, © larger sites, and (d) an opportunity to create a self-financing revolving fund that purchases additional sites from the sale of surplus land acquired many years earlier.
44 Questions for Church Planters by Lyle E. Schaller