Forefront just celebrated it's 10th anniversary and, after ten years, we are still a "portable" church. We started Forefront in a movie theater; it was very cutting edge at the time. Now it seems like tons of new churches meet in movie theaters. It's a great place for a church, but there are obstacles to it as well. Especially in children's ministry. When we started we had these plastic crates that had pieces of wood that were bungee corded on top of them. Can you say, "CRAZY!" I don't know what we were thinking, but it worked for a while. One of the main concerns was the baby room, where little ones were crawling and picking up stale popcorn...yummy!
We outgrew our movie theater and moved into a high school. One of the benefits was that there were now desks for our children's classes...no more hazardous bungee corded tables to worry about! After a little while, the school kicked us out because of some air conditioning overhaul.
Then we moved into another high school. How in the world did anyone find us? Seriously, we were all over the city of Virginia Beach! We decided it was too far away from our target area and finally moved into the high school where we now meet. We've been there for 4 1/2 years.
Transition is difficult. Change sucks. Being portable is difficult, but it's not as bad as you think. And there are advantages to being portable, and to being able to "do church" in a place where non-Christians feel comfortable (rather than a church building, where they don't!). So if you're heading towards a church plant, yes, being portable will be nuts...but don't freak out. There are setbacks, but (as Gloria Gaynor sang) you will survive (You will survive...Hey, Hey)!
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