The location of a congregation can create tremendous barriers to vitality. This occurs when the land uses around the facilities change from residential to commercial or industrial. This can also occur when the demographics of the context changes faster than the congregation can adapt. Unfortunately, there are also times the congregation chooses not to adapt to the new demographic realities.
Relocation, while not always the ideal, may be one way to initiate the transformation of a congregation. The key is for the congregation to have a clear and passion understanding of God’s vision for ministry in the new location.