Having a great facility does not guarantee your church will grow, but like it or not, church facilities can either enhance or undermine the worship experience of people, especially visitors. When it comes to church visitors, you don't have a second chance for a good first impression.
The state of your church facility has a much bigger influence on your visitors than it does on your regular attendees. Why? The longer a person is at your church, the less he or she is able to see the building through the eyes of a newcomer. The saying is true, “Time in erodes awareness of.” The frays in your carpet or the out-dated paint colours don't really matter to long-time attendees, because they are coming for the people, the relationships, the fellowship, the spiritual growth; not the facilities. But for visitors with none of these reasons to attend, other things shape their first impressions…and your building is one of them.
While nice facilities won't cause your church to grow, poor facilities can prevent it from growing.
Here are some environmental factors you should pay close attention to:
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Titus 2:10 “… so that in every way they will make the teaching about God our Savior attractive.” (NIV)