Selecting a church gathering venue may be more complicated for a church that shares space. While many houses of worship have been renting rooms to self-help groups and daycare centers for years, today they often have relationships that are closer than just landlord and tenant. If you’re planning an event and there’s more than one group using your church, here are some points to keep in mind.
There are many advantages to sharing space. Maybe you’re a church whose membership is declining, and you want to serve as a host to one of the growing number of immigrant congregations looking for room in your area. Some churches are even providing space to people of other faiths. While rental income is a common incentive, you may also be partners in providing community services and building diversity.
Planning meetings and social events together can be one more way to strengthen your connection:
Travel together. Sharing a trip and meeting at a different destination can help you to see each other in a new light and think more creatively. That’s especially true if your two groups otherwise rarely meet outside the church building or seldom see each other at all.
Slow down. You can communicate on a different level when you get away from your usual activities. Even if you’ve worshiped and worked together, this may be the first time your members have a chance to relax and chat.
Enjoy a beautiful venue. An attractive and serene venue allows you to focus on the purpose of your gathering instead of worrying about logistics. You can share a wonderful time, and accomplish great things.
Chandler Gardens located in the rural countryside of McKinney, Texas is an ideal setting for your next church gathering. We invite you to contact us to learn more about our secluded 250 private acre facility with a mix of indoor and outdoor spaces ideal for meetings, picnics, and more.