Pastor Spence Shelton of Mercy Church in Charlotte, NC talks a lot about faith in this short video on church buildings. Things probably won’t look how you think they will as you journey through the physical spaces of church planting.
Lesson one: The Church can exist anywhere. And you won’t believe where Mercy Church meets. Listen to Spence’s story.
Lesson two: Think outside the box and have faith in what God brings you. Ask yourself, can we grow here for a little while? Does it have multi-use space for kids? Does it have decent parking?
Lesson three: Don’t evaluate spaces alone. Hopefully you have someone knowledgeable in your church, but even if you don’t, share this burden of contracts and commercial properties with others on your team. Mercy Church evaluated approximately 120 spaces, and that’s not something the lead pastor can tackle by himself.
The Lord is faithful. Trust him.