Having now become a church that uses temporary locations…..spaces rented off others who own them….I am keenly aware of some of the advantages and disadvantages of both.
Using a community owned and used space has helped us to grow, interact and communicate with the community so much better than what we used to. People know where we are, they see us, the interact with our programs…we are part of the community.
Downside is that we dont own the place! We get told off for this that and the other….even if we have done nothing really wrong. There has been a distinct period of the other people using the place getting used to us….One person in particular……(say no more!)
The person who runs the centre is great! Nothing but helpful, know that we know her and have been there a while.
But not being able to do whatever we want there…is a downside.
Ultimatly moving has been the right move for us. There is certainly pain. We have a lot of stuff to set up each week (3 times a week actually)…and not a lot of space to put it in…..but the upside is….we are starting to feel like a mission organisation, not a club.