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The Nomadic Church: Growing Your Congregation Without Owning the Building

July 20, 2011

Ed Stetzer:

Churches without buildings are in the news– on the front page of USA Today, no less.

The phenomenon is increasingly common– On Sunday, I humorously blogged on our own experience this week. There is even a book called, The Nomadic Church.

The USA Today story cites some fast facts including:

  •  A USA TODAY look at the five largest and five fastest-growing school districts in the continental USA found that all 10 had granted permits for religious congregations to hold weekend worship.
  • New York City, the largest, is typical: Christian churches are the primary clients because Muslims and Jews worship on Fridays and Saturdays, when school spaces usually are being used for student activities.
  • •Acts 29 Network, an inter-denominational, Seattle-based evangelical coalition that has started 350 churches across the nation in the past five years, estimates about 16% of these meet in school spaces.

“We don’t have a hidden agenda. Our heart is to serve the community just like schools serve the community. … They’re designed for large groups, and they’ve got parking,” says Scott Thomas, Acts 29 president.

• A 2007 national survey of newly established Protestant churches found that 12% met in schools, according to LifeWay, a Nashville-based Christian research agency.

Be sure to read the whole article in USA Today.

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