Thursday, April 17, 2008

Unchurched And Church Buildings

Church buildings represent the largest financial investment of most churches. But how can churches use their facilities most effectively to reach their communities for Christ? A recent study reveals some interesting, perhaps surprising findings. Check out the article below entitled Unchurched Asked About Church Buildings. It’s a good reminder that “buildings don’t reach people, people do.”

Until next time…share the journey and enjoy the ride!

Pat


Unchurched asked about church buildings
By Tobin Perry
Apr 4, 2008

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--People who don't go to church may be turned off by a recent trend toward more utilitarian church buildings. By a nearly 2-to-1 ratio over any other option, unchurched Americans prefer churches that look more like a medieval cathedral than what most think of as a more contemporary church building.


The findings come from a survey conducted by LifeWay Research for the Cornerstone Knowledge Network (CKN), a group of church-focused facilities development firms. The online survey included 1,684 unchurched adults -– defined as those who had not attended a church, mosque or synagogue in the past six months except for religious holidays or special events.

"Despite billions being spent on church buildings, there was an overall decline in church attendance in the 1990s," said Jim Couchenour, director of marketing and ministry services for Cogun, Inc., a founding member of CKN. "This led CKN to ask, 'As church builders what can we do to help church leaders be more intentional about reaching people who don't go to church?'"

Read the rest of this story @
http://www.bpnews.net/bpnews.asp?ID=27767

Also see the related updated story @
http://blogs.lifeway.com/blog/edstetzer/2008/04/church_architecture_research_r.html