What can moving location do to your church? Most church planters, believe it or not, feel like they never got the ideal location. The good of that is this: God uses that location most of the time to remind us that he’s in control. But let’s take it that you still feel you don’t have a good location, and that goes on to affect the wellbeing of the church. Here are a few questions you need to wrestle with:
1. What’s the Big picture? (Why are you out planting a church, what did God lead you to do and how does location help achieve that?)
2. Why should you relocate?
3. When is the best time to move?
4. What makes a healthy move?
I have heard of many churches that moved and humanly speaking made the worst move and I know churches that moved and made a difference.
Recently we moved from a prime location, one that was the envy of many, we moved to a location that was, by all means, the last choice, yet in all that move, God’s favor was seen, and these are the benefits of our move. We moved for one basic reason; we set out to be a church IN the community and a church FOR the community. Based on the orientation of our city, our previous location only allowed driving folk to come to church, that was great but it was keeping us from reaching those that didn’t drive. By moving, we were able to cut down 95% of our location facility cost. We were also able to move closer to the larger community and in so doing save more money to prioritize ministries like missions and evangelism.
By God’s grace, our move yielded and propelled our vision. Our congregation numbers grew 30% and new ministries were formed in the process. That led also to the start of our second location that now runs as our church plant. Moving location also helped us to see an increase in ownership and growth in the serving teams.
I would advise that the best time to move is when your calendar of activities is showing an inclination towards outreach and community focus. For every church planter, it is very important to avoid thinking that your first location will always be your long lasting location, like Jacob do not fear digging wells, because in so doing and by God’s direction you will soon hit your Rehoboth. We have not yet finished moving, we are still a portable church, but moving has ceased to scare us, it is now inevitable and we see it as a Big blessing in the offing.
A healthy move is one that is first backed by at least 30% of your most committed congregation. These in our case were mostly the serving teams, they had bought the vision. Secondly, it must answer the question, where, not physically where, but the better days ahead for all ministries. The cost may not be the big issue, the stories of people will eventually be the big reason.Experience has it that most times, 60% your congregation will move because they trust you are making a great move.
Move intentionally, move with vision, move with people. @tcngala
Moving location could be your second chance to make a first impression!