Back in May I attended the Drive conference where Andy Stanley raised a question about church property the following are my words as a summary of his statements:
The problem I’m wrestling with now is this: Churches who own a millions of dollars of real estate which being underutilized throughout the week.
The trend: many long time existing churches are in decline, tradition and history work against the congregation having the difficult conversations and making bold decisions to do something radical like giving/selling/releasing their facilities to other churches.
The need: start up churches, new and maturing church plants are reaching unChristian, returning to church people, most are lean and mean when it comes to staff, finances and facilities. Each week they scrap, scrape, pray and fight to keep it all going-not a bad thing as it certainly requires dependence upon God.
What would it take for the two to come together in a way that would bless both?
It seems that the (c)hurch has a difficult time being the (C)hurch and giving where and when needed.