Today's Resource Roundup is provided by Portable Church Industries, a generous sponsor of this year's Leaders' Summit, Why Partnerships Matter: Churches Flourishing through Collaboration. Portable Church provides volunteer-centric portable solutions to help churches launch strong and thrive in rented spaces. They’ll help you design efficient, creative environments in all areas including worship, technology, children’s ministry, and transportation. Learn more about their work.
Featured Resource: 5 Reasons to Start a New Church or Campus
From Leadership Network and Portable Church Industries, a new report came out this summer that surveyed over 1,500 pastors of new churches from the past 7 years. Dr. Warren Bird from Leadership Network wanted to know whether or not now is the time for churches to be planting. Take a look at the top 5 findings here.
Choosing to launch a portable church is a big decision, but for more than 20 years, churches have been popping up in movie theaters, schools, community centers, and dozens of other facilities around the country. This free eBook produced by Church Executive includes 5 in-depth best practices from CEO of Portable Church Industries, Scott Cougill, to help you launch and thrive! Download the eBook here.
Faithbridge Church Woodlands is a multisite campus of Houston, Texas’ Faithbridge Church. Rather than starting the new campus in its own building, they launched in a portable venue – an elementary school. Campus Pastor Wayne Risher was there from the beginning, working with Portable Church to not only create the best environment but to also be connected through simulcast with the main campus’ service. Read their story here.
Movie theaters are central to almost any community, and for churches who want to develop relationships and welcome people from a specific area, using theater space as their primary location can be an amazing – and somewhat easy – opportunity. Plus, it takes just a little work to transform it into a worshipful environment. Valley Christian Church in Poughkeepsie, NY, decided to rent a Regal Cinema and hired Portable Church Industries to help them transform the space. Read their story here.
Church and technology has a unique relationship, and when Champion Forest Baptist Church in Houston, Texas, planted a multisite in a portable location, they wanted it to be replicated as closely as possible to the mother church. Furthermore, the tech team were already familiar with some great gear and systems that they wanted to use in the new site. They worked with Portable Church and were able to find the best tools to enhance the message of the gospel. Read their story here.
Many churches struggle with trying to secure or build a permanent location as they grow or needs change. When Seaside Community Church in Huntington Beach, CA, found themselves with nowhere to turn, they needed to figure out how to make everything work long-term in their rented middle school facility. With a mission to reach their community and build a ministry of service lost, they wanted to create an atmosphere that welcomes anyone from the surfer town. Their efficiency upgrade with Portable Church took them a long way, and now they’re “putting their best foot forward to reaching the community.” Read their story here.