Moving Your Church


I wrote yesterday about moving Awakenings from its currently location in an art gallery called Kumbas Cove to the Detroit School of Arts.

This week has been many frantic meetings, talking about what it looks like, what we’re doing, who is doing what, and everything in between. It has been neat to be in these meetings and be an actual part of these conversations. It is easy to think that you go to a location, open the doors and you’re a church but that is a pretty narrow idea about what actually happens in a church service. That’s especially narrow when you are trying to develop a program that young, educated, urban singles would be interested in.

Here are just a couple of things that we have had to talk through in launching this new location–

Signage– how are we advertising on the street?

Attendance– how are we going to count, keep track and take roll of people who come through the doors?

Music– will we be playing music in the lobby? Auditorium? Before service? After Service?

Renting– Do we need to rent chairs? Tables?

Refreshments– do we want coffee, donuts, bagels? Who would be in charge of making coffee? What kind of coffee do we want? That means we need plates or napkins.

Ambiance– do we want to rent couches? How should the couches face, out or toward each other? We need lighting: do we buy lights? From where? Price lights. IKEA? Walmart?

Order  of Events – How many songs here, how long of a talk, what is the point of this, is there a drama, are there announcements, when is the offering, how is the offering done: in the back, in the front, pass plates?

This is an early brainstorm on a much larger idea that will come out later I am sure, but kicking off a new church is no walk in the woods.

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About coleyoakum

My name is Coleman Yoakum. I am formerly a student at Harding University. Today you can find me in Detroit Michigan doing what I can to expand the Kingdom of God and preparing to start an intentional community in Pontiac. I enjoy reading, writing, photography, music and politics. I am sure that all of these things will find their way to this blog from time to time. Twitter: coleyoakum Facebook: Coleman Yoakum Email: coleyoakum@gmail.com Flickr: flickr.com/photos/coleyoakum/

2 responses to “Moving Your Church”

  1. Alicia says :

    Hello! Nice blog! your movement is interesting. I was wondering if you can tell me where I can find Kumbas Cove?

    • coleyoakum says :

      Alicia, Kumbas Cove is on Iron Street in the Harbortown neighborhood in Detroit. The gallery is still open, operating and doing well.

      Awakenings Movement, which was meeting there has now moved to the Detroit School of Arts at 123 Seldon. It meets Sunday at 11:00 a.m.

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