One of the best ways a congregation can love and bless its neighbors is by becoming a neighbor itself. Renting is impermanent and often makes a church invisible to those who live nearby. We envision churches that do more than descend into a neighborhood on Sundays to “use” space, but are rooted in the fabric of the neighborhood.
When a congregation can put down physical roots and establish ministry in a neighborhood, relationships with the community can open up—and help advance the common good there for generations to come. We envision giving congregations homes where they can worship, mark milestones of weddings and funerals, and invite kids of all ages to learn about Jesus. But just as importantly, we envision spaces for serving the poor, for welcoming neighbors into artist events, hosting bar bitzvahs, city council meetings, and more—places for the city to share.
Signal a long-term commitment to the neighborhood
Safeguard against sudden loss of space or public hostility
Provide a public utility that is affordable and available to families outside the church
Aid multiplying through church planting instead of moving from one rented space to another
Be a welcome addition to urban neighborhoods where community and event space is constrained