Church communities reach out beyond the core membership seeking to pass on our faith and develop a ministry of care and compassion. The ‘community bridge’ or social and pastoral spaces where this work can take place and create the opportunity to make contact and grow the fringe community are not traditionally part of buildings shaped by previous generations. The Church hall with a separate entrance at the back of the Church building does not meet this need. Creating occupied reception spaces has become one of the more significant elements of re-shaping projects.
We are shaped by the buildings we occupy, they shape the way we see ourselves and what we feel able to do. Understanding this aspect of Churchmanship and its facilitation lies at the heart of effective buildings and projects.
This and other related aspects of reaching out are explored in the Commodity, Firmness and Delight paper and other information in the Opportunities section of the website.