Neighborhood Transitions, 2/4: Addressing a Changed Location by Relocating the Congregation

by Ed Stetzer. Christianity Today, 2012. Accessed November 30, 2017.
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"What are we going to do with the fact that the church has already relocated and yet its building remains in another community?" In this second article in a 4-part series on ministry in changing neighborhoods, author and revitalization expert, Stetzer, asserts that relocation can be a viable response to a changing context. He offers five points for leaders to consider and discuss. They include examining motives for a move to be sure the reason isn’t solely to escape a difficult situation, and looking for ways to help another congregation serve in the current location. He reminds readers that moving to a new location will require intentional engagement with the new community from the start. Despite the fact that relocation sometimes constitutes a retreat from a mission opportunity, Stetzer urges congregations to discern whether the church has ALREADY moved, and set up a meeting place where the church now lives.