Congregations are dwindling worldwide, so it’s more important than ever to create an open, welcoming space where visitors are encouraged to become parishioners. But what if you’re stuck for ideas? What if you need a little help redesigning your church to appeal to the masses? Here are just four tips for improving your church and increasing your numbers.
- Let People Connect
“Connection spaces” are areas where visitors can gather, talk, socialize and share ideas. They’re especially important in a church setting because people always linger after mass, so you’ll want them to feel comfortable as they get to know their fellow Christians. Put tables, chairs and ottomans throughout your connection space, and provide coffee and doughnuts if you’re financially able.
- Fill Your Calendar With Events and Activities
Here are just a few ways to get people involved with the church:
– Book clubs
– Food drives
– Carnivals and festivals
– Computer classes
– Rummage sales
– Children’s plays
– Holiday events like tree decorating and Easter egg hunting
The sky is the limit when it comes to fun, family-friendly events that will bring energy to your church, so don’t be afraid to brainstorm a bunch of different activities for your congregation.
- Update Your Sanctuary
Some churches have taken out their pews and replaced them with chairs and benches. Others have installed high-tech audio and video equipment for songs, prayers and teleconferences with other churches. You’ll have to decide for yourself where you draw the line between “timeless worship” and “modern convenience,” but if you’ve been accused of being old-fashioned, embracing a few modern trends can’t hurt.
- Improve Your Interior Design
Stuffy old churches aren’t the kind to draw in new blood. Your building should be open, airy and full of God’s light, so if need be, hire some Virginia architects or renovators and see what they can do about those stuck windows and water-damaged ceilings. You want the sanctity of your church to reflect the sanctity of God, so don’t be afraid to spend a little money to send the right message.
These are just a few things to keep in mind as you consider making changes to your church. Whether it’s a full-scale property renovation or just a few extra classes on your activity roster, you should always seek self-improvement in the eyes of the Lord, and that includes improvement for your place of worship.