- New churches will often meet in a portable environment, which means there is the tiring process of setting up and tearing down chairs and audio equipment.
- New churches don’t have a well-established method for dealing with administrative matters.
- New churches have to work to gain credibility in the community – to get a foothold in the community’s memory.
Certainly the first of these problems resonated with me as I thought about Banstead Community Church (which is almost 9 years old). We meet each Sunday in a school hall, and this means an hour before the service starts, a team of 15 or so people arrive to put out chairs, erect a small stage, set up the screen and projector, plus put in an entire PA system. After the evening service almost all the congregation is involved in some way in packing it away. Although this is tiring, it does provide great opportunities for people of different ages to interact and serve together.
I think the last of these problems is also true for our situation. As a local church we are still relatively unknown in the community compared to the other churches that have been around for decades, even though we are slowly making inroads. Fortunately, thanks to some excellent elders, we haven’t had any issues with the middle problem.