There will come a point when Embody doesn’t fit into our existing building all at the same time.  There are a couple of options:

1. Two Services: This means more work from our musicians.  It could also mean a better opportunity for some semblance of Sunday School for both kids and adults.  It means an early and a later, and it brings about a difficulty for our enjoyable potlucks.

2. New place to worship: this means finding somewhere else to go.  Not easy in our area – there aren’t many options.  We like our space and feel pretty happy with where we are.

3. Purchase the building and add on: This means having money and being a little more financially sound than we are right now.

4. Build somewhere else: This means that we would still have to deal with our space issue while we raised money, bought, and built.

Of all the options, going to two services makes the most sense right now.  I think purchasing and adding on makes sense, too, but that also would entail going to two services for a while.  All of this needs to be balanced by the ongoing question of where should our money be placed: into buildings or into people who need our help.  This is an ever-present discussion.

Of course…we have to get enough people to need to go to two services first.  I think we will get there in the fall when people come back from vacation and we do some more inviting.

Just thinking through the whole thing makes me excited and a little tired. 🙂

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  1. July 14, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    Our church went through this same issue not long ago. Really, it IS a good one to have! Once you’re filling about 80% of your space it’s time to split. Yes, it seems that you’re dividing the body, which in a very real sense is true.

    We also then do go to one service during the summer when attendance and volunteer morale is low. Nursery is available for those 3 and under, older than 3 sit with their parents during the summer. It gives the child care/Sunday School teachers/worship team/pastor a much needed break!

    I’ve left a long enough comment for now. If you want to know more please feel free to email and we can continue the discussion there.

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