New Homes

We want to create places for all to share.

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.

Owning a building allows a church to open its doors as a public utility and shared space. These are scenes of Redeemer West Side’s building serving as a community gathering space.

A permanent and physical home for a New York church will:

buildingsSignal a long-term commitment to the neighborhood

buildingsSafeguard against sudden loss of space or public hostility

buildingsProvide a public utility that is affordable and available to families outside the church

buildingsAid multiplying through church planting instead of moving from one rented space to another

buildingsBe a welcome addition to urban neighborhoods where community and event space is constrained

TOTAL COST:

 $45 million 

Owning a building allows a church to open its doors as a public utility and shared space. These are scenes of Redeemer West Side’s building serving as a community gathering space.

5 benefits of building:

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*1  Provide a community asset:

Open our doors as an affordable public utility

for multi-purpose use in urban neighborhoods

where event and community space is limited.

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*2  Strengthen relationships:

Become more visible to rooted New Yorkers,

open up opportunities for evangelism, and

build relationships with people likewise committed

to seeking the long-term good of a particular

neighborhood.

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*3  Provide stability:

Renting carries risk–and losing rental space for a

large church would be destabilizing. Every time a church moves it loses 30% of its congregation.

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*4  Serve as a ministry launch pad:

We need permanent buildings for training leaders

and equipping church planters that will multiply

ministry, mercy, and justice citywide.

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*5  Be a good steward:

Over the long-term, owning is more

cost-effective than renting.

Renting vs. Owning