Moving past the irony of being major property owners in the Name of an itinerant rabbi who owned nothing, effective Multichannel Churches find ways to make their property work.
Here's what they do:
- They worship on Sunday morning as always, but also at other times during the weekend and during the week. Click here for more on Multichannel worship.
- They offer on-site classes and groups throughout the week. Click here for more on Multichannel On Site Groups.
- They invite members to return for midweek fellowship. Click here for more on Multichannel On Site Fellowship.
- They invite the larger community in -- for mission activities, performances, meeting spaces, athletics, schools and rentals. Click here for more on Multichannel Community Site Use.
Such uses don't save money, of course. If anything, the church's property is used hard and regular maintenance goes up. Although some outside users will pay rent, the greatest benefits of using property seven days a week aren't immediately financial. The congregation will serve members better, have broader impact in the larger community, and communicate a positive message about the congregation's commitment to mission and its neighbors.
It is people, not buildings, that cause a congregation to get healthy and to grow. But when facilities are used creatively for the greatest possible good, property can add to what people are doing.