Why were we having church in a theatre?

Has it ever struck you as odd that a church which has been around for over a decade and has a building is holding church services in a movie theatre? We know this is outside of the box - but we are a bit out of the box, too. Basically, we have outgrown our building and are waiting for our new church home. 

 

A CHURCH IS NOT A BUILDING

A church is not a building- it is the people.  When a physical building can no longer hold the growing congregation, we were faced with a choice.  Either, stay stagnant in growth or find a larger space.  3/4 full is full.  People in our culture do not like to be crammed in like sardines and will go elsewhere if they feel uncomfortable. 

The Theatre space lent itself well to a one day only use.  Movies don't begin until afternoon and the big screen allows an easy decor option for holidays and special topic days. Music is a huge part of our expression of worship and Theatre spaces are already constructed for sound reinforcements. Theatre seating is comfortable and allows room for worshippers to stand and sing. There is even a drink holder!! 

Stepping foot into a church for the first time can feel a bit like walking into someone else’s home. The Theatre is a public domain and removes that barrier for first time guests. 

is unusual use of a Movie Theatre provided such great unexpected gains!  Stepping foot into a church for the first time can feel a bit like walking into someone else's home. The Theatre is a public domain and removes that barrier for first time guests. 

SHARED PURPOSE IS THE PLACE OF UNITY

The people have to have great buy in to show up at 7:00 am for set up.  The Movers and Shakers, worship teams, children's program workers and the coffee team all come early, get ready for the day, then all meet together to pray for those who will attend the service.

The need to work together creates a great sense of purpose and unity. A purposeful and shared vision is invigorating to the soul! Being a Church that meets in a Theatre has helped us meet many more growth goals than first anticipated. We look forward to the day that we are in a new permanent building, but we will look fondly upon our time here in this stage of growth.