Why Church Renovations Are Worth the Investment

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It isn’t uncommon for churches, especially those in small communities, to eventually become outdated and in need of some renovation. The problem is, of course, that most churches are run on very limited funds and a little money will only go so far. Another issue is simply finding the right time to undertake such a project. Most ministers would rather skip the entire process and jump straight to the end results, if it were possible.

Interestingly enough, however, the opposite scenario may in fact turn out to be the best. For many local communities who have successful updated their churches, the actual process turned out to be the best part. A project like this can actually be a very positive way to engage with a wider section of the local community and build up more interest in the church, and most of this will be done during the planning process.

Firstly, it will take some money to pull off a successful church renovation even if you get plenty of volunteers to lend a hand when it comes to manual labour. Buying new church chairs, furniture, carpets and paying for maintenance may be essential. The best way to raise this money may be through local fundraising activities like fetes, car boots, afternoon teas or bake sales which get everyone involved and pulling together in order to improve something that benefits everyone. This is a great rewarding feeling for all concerned, and the money raised will of course go towards those essential aspects of fixing up the church.

There are also things you can implement in the actual design of the church itself to encourage that community spirit even more. For example, choosing flexible church chairs or folding chairs that can be arranged differently if required instead of traditional straight wooden pews has been cited by numerous ministers as a great way of creating a more comfortable and relaxed feeling among parishioners. People are then able to sit in such a way that they are able to see each other and share the experience of being in church more easily, plus it means the space can be more freely used for different kinds of activities and services.

This is just one example, but the decoration and furniture you use in your church will all have an impact on the way it’s perceived and used, which can make a big difference overall. Welcoming suggestions and ideas from anyone willing to contribute is the best way to make sure all the best ideas are heard and factored in. This will ensure your church renovation project moves quickly in the right direction and helps the whole community feel a stronger sense of belonging as a result.…

What to consider before merging your church

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At some point, some churches may decide to merge with another church for various reasons. For instance, it could be that a church has outgrown its facility and wishes to unite with a bigger church. Before taking action to merging, it’s important to consider some factors that can affect you permanently. Usually, when a church merges, one church would take the lead while the other have no choice but to follow through and absorb their current rules.

Culture difference

As time goes by, churches would’ve adopted their own culture within their community. Once you merge with another, you will find that their culture is entirely different from yours. There could be a big difference on how the other church behaves and what kind of audience they already have. So before merging, make sure that both parties decide on what type of culture they wish to see within the community.

Assets

Consider whether the assets of both churches will be merged or will they both maintain their current ownership of their assets. It’s critical that both assets are finalised to prevent any issues.

Location

Both parties will have to decide whether one of the church will move to the other premises or would they both move to an entirely new location. You should also consider if the move might cause you to lose some of your members. Whichever you decide on, there could always be a potential of losing members from both sides.

Doctrine

Even though all Christians have the same faith, it doesn’t mean that both churches share the same doctrines. It’s more likely that each member of the church will have different beliefs on sensitive topics including abortion, gay marriage and so on.

Leadership

Once both of the church decide to merge, they should come in to terms on who will take leadership of the joint churches. The leader will also be the decision makers in most discussions.…

How to grow your church

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Like businesses, churches are also looking for ways to grow their community. Luckily there are now more ways on how your church can be more transparent to others. Another important factor that churches could focus on is improving their current relationship with their community as this is the key to opening more opportunities. If you’re looking into growing your church, why not try our tips below.

Create a website

In today’s technology, no matter what kind of organisation you are, it’s vital to have a website. Almost everyone on earth is on the internet looking for different things. Having your website up on Google means that you are visible to millions of people who may be looking for a community to join. The website should entail all the information about your church.

Create your social media accounts

Social media is a cheap way to market your church globally. Take advantage of Facebook, for instance. You can advertise any upcoming events on your page whenever you want. People will then have a chance to see what your church is all about. Facebook pages are currently used for many things that could benefit your community.

Introduce a community service

Why not create a community service where you can help your community and earn your reputation locally. Look for local volunteers who want to support your project. This is an excellent way to increase the numbers of your members too. There are many free projects that you can introduce to help your local community. This can include anything from assisting any local schools or any local events.

Trained Leaders

Put more trust in your leader and find ways on how you can empower them as this will help them take ownership of their role. This will improve their sense of purpose in the group, and they are also more likely to spread the word out to their friends or family who could become a potential audience.

Encourage Donations and Raise Church Funds

One of the major hurdles for anyone involved with the management and maintenance of a local church is money. We can’t escape the need to spend if we want to keep things running as they should, but budgets are often stretched thinly within the church, especially in areas where support and interest is harder to come by than it used to be. However, a proactive approach and some creative thinking can unearth new and exciting ways of raising funds for the all-important upkeep of your church. Here are some ideas to consider.

Don’t ignore online marketing

To start this list, we must advise anyone tasked with modernising a church to consider the benefits of spreading the word online. The Internet is a great opportunity in so many respects, but still ignored by many in such a position. For example, websites that encourage users to swap unwanted items or gifts and trade services for goods are one of the latest trends, following in the footsteps of auction and giveaway sites before them. You could use these bartering websites (which don’t require the exchange of actual cash) to trade in outdated supplies and furnishings from your church, and even offer the time and services of local parishioners who are willing to volunteer their time in exchange for resources the church needs. This is just one example of using online resources creatively.…

Church Leaders Discuss the Impact of Brexit Vote

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Now that the dust has finally begun to settle following the political and economic fallout of the EU referendum outcome, many people across the continent and further afield may be contemplating the possible impact of Brexit on the future of the Church. As time goes on, we think it is important to understand these potential implications, keep a close eye on developing situations, and continue to keep all of the Europe in our prayers.

At first, the instinct of many Christians may be reflected in the words of Cardinal Vincent Nichols: “We pray that in this process, the most vulnerable will be supported and protected”. He said this in the hours that followed the announcement that British voters had favoured the option to leave rather than to remain a member of the European Union. He went on to describe the need for all countries to welcome those less fortunate than themselves and offer what we can.

Whatever the reasons individuals may have had for voting the way they did, these are important words to remember. Even since these words were spoken just weeks ago, a shocking number of violent public attacks across Europe have claimed dozens of lives, and many of these incidents have been linked either directly or indirectly to increasing hostility and fear among citizens across the continent. Ideas of independence, national pride and indeed faith itself have all been the subject of much debate this year, and we can expect this to continue through this period of global political turmoil.…