We live in an increasingly post-Christian culture. For many, "holy buildings" can be intimidating. Rather than ask people to "come to us," many churches now "go to them." More and more churches are launching in rented spaces, such as a school room, a mall storefront, a downtown community center, a movie theater, or the living room of someone's home.
What is lost—and what is gained—in leaving behind traditional worship spaces? What does the increase in alternative gathering spaces reveal for the future of the Church? We invited Patheos bloggers to reflect on the shifting church and worship landscape as part of our special Symposium on Non-traditional Church: Trends for the Future.
Symposium sponsored by Regal Theatre Church.
Scott Cougill, CEO, Portable Church Industries
How can churches quickly and effectively launch new campuses and new churches when the costs, upkeep, and space limitations of permanent campuses sometimes get in the way?
Regal Theatre Church
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In a sense, a movie theater is like a second church to me. In it, I've been transformed. I've been challenged. I've been moved.
Paul Louis Metzger
In the Bible, locations and structures mean something. What is your facility saying?
Church (healthy ones, anyway) offer what consumable art or media cannot offer in the same way: community, relationships, accountability, friendships.
The U.S. churches future is still uncertain; what is certain is that, what it once was, it will never be again.
This second decade of the 21st century is, I think, offering American Christians the opportunity to mature and integrate some of the discoveries of the last decade more deeply into our DNA.