(5) Move beyond the "church building" model
Why does church have to entail a "building" for "church?" Last week when I wrote this focus in the preview, I was asking why we couldn't be church in houses, businesses, etc. (or a church building as we have done traditionally if it fits the mission)
Then on Tuesday, I gan an email pointing me to this. Yep, a coffee-house church started as a coffee-house not the other way around (and I would argue there is a huge difference). Really, this sums up some of the possibilities and shows that others are thinking outside of the boxes.
It actually looks like it would fit pretty much into many of the focus I put in my strategy (although mine probably goes a bit more radical in salary of clergy, etc.). I would actually use this as the employment hub of the clergy and others and any other events and gatherings would just be added bonus.
I am not saying we have to get rid of churches, but why do we have to move that way? Couldn't a network of house gatherings connected be the same thing? Would this lead to better stewardship of our offerings by the church as a system?