Ideas for Rethinking Church Buildings Certification Course Ideas for Rethinking Church Part 1 Ideas for Rethinking Church Part 2 Ideas for Rethinking Church Part 3 Welcome to your Ideas for Rethinking Church Buildings Certification 1. Please type FULL NAME and EMAIL ADDRESS. 2. Section 1- What’s the Purpose of a Church Building? What are the realities and challenges facing church’s and church buildings today? Total religious participation in the U.S. has declined significantly. Buildings built in previous times are often not functional for today’s mission and culture. As attendance and financial contributions shrink, many churches struggle with maintaining older facilities while also sustaining their mission, outreach and ministry. Churches are seeking new ways to refashion, repurpose, build and fund church buildings to meet today’s culture and needs. All of the above. 3. Some examples of rethinking, refashioning and repurposing facilities and property include, sharing space with other congregations, hosting community allies and organizations, partnering with local businesses and relocating to another missional facility and location? True False 4. Section 2- Church Life Cycle, Leadership and Building Concerns What are the church life cycle stages? New start-> Growing-> Peak Maturity-> Plateau-> Decline-> Dying-> Closure New start-> Growing-> Maintaining-> Decline-> Dying-> Closure New start-> Growing-> Plateau-> Decline-> Dying-> Closure New start-> Growing-> Plateau-> Maintaining-> Dying-> Closure 5. What is the average life of a church? 50 years 75 years 80 years 100 or more years 6. Section 3 – Good Practices for Courageous Conversations & Faithful Decisions A church should conduct an assessment where it looks at mission impact, congregational vitality, property and finance every 3-5 years. True False Time is Up!