It's Time to Reimagine the Church Parking Lot

The Christian Century, March 23, 2022.



reasons to reimagine the use of parking lots; ways to overcome objections; stories from other congregations who used parking lots in new ways

Recommended Audience

Clergy and lay leaders in churches with parking facilities, facility managers



Practical Applications

  • Read about examples of alternative parking lot uses, such as farmers markets, exercise spaces, bike clinics, health fairs, and more.
  • Undertake an exercise to document and imagine how many houses, businesses, or community spaces are displaced or precluded by your church's parking lot, and consider what impact this has on life in your church's neighborhood.

About the Contributor

Kelly Minas

Kelly Minas designs and directs evaluation processes for grants, resource consulting, and educational programs at the Center for Congregations. Kelly received an undergraduate degree in American culture from Vassar College, where she was active in interfaith work on campus, and a master’s degree in contemporary sociology from the University of Leicester in England.

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