With the post-pandemic world offering a hybrid of in-person and online church attendance, ministries are having to get creative to both reach their community and have a financially sustainable ministry model. This raises an important question: Could your church property be a more effective tool for both evangelism and financial sustainability? Most churches either have not fully considered or are genuinely overwhelmed at the thought of strategically developing their property with mixed-use. However, for several years there has been a growing trend of mixed-use development for church-owned property.
Instead of being Sunday-only worship centers, these ministries are learning to be vibrant partners in community life, providing much needed community centers, affordable housing, senior living, retail, or other creative venues to the neighborhoods their congregations call home. At the same time, this mixed-use development model for church property creates an entirely new avenue for financial stability. Not dependent solely on congregations’ donations, shared ownership strategies with like-minded developers or long-term land leases continue to generate revenue for the congregation and its ministries. Many of these projects are driven by investment partnerships that do not require a large capital investment by the congregation—just a willingness to think differently.
Come learn from the case studies of churches from urban to rural, large to small and everywhere in between.
1 – Understand the financial opportunities that build a different revenue model for churches that don’t exclusively depend on congregational donations
2 – Understand the ministry potential that meeting real community needs provides opportunities to be a vibrant influencer in the community for Christ