My church is in the middle of planning a remodel of the sanctuary. There’s some structural things which needs fixing, the lighting needs improvement and of course everything needs fresh paint, carpet, etc.
So tonight we had a Church Conference, at which everyone gets a Voice and a Vote.
And after some discussion, the Vote boiled down to “Yes, the Committee ought to be given the authority to spend all the money we’ve got on the remodel” or “No, they shouldn’t”.
Some of the plans were disconcertingly far along, others not decided yet (like which new light fixtures), and no one was willing to give any estimates as to how much any of the pieces actually should cost–which kind of makes sense, since the potential builders are working on their bids right now, but I’d be kinda curious how much the proposed structural stuff is expected to cost, and how much the new pews should cost and that sort of thing.
And I kinda wish that the congregation got a vote on what color scheme should be used.
Although on the other hand, it’s disconcerting and irritating how few people show up to this kind of meeting. We’ve probably got over a thousand members. Most Sundays, I’d guess we have 600 or so people across three services.
And if we had more than 75 people at the meeting, I’ll eat my hat.
I’m not sure that it’s a bad idea to have all the little nitpicky details decided by this committee (as opposed to the people who showed up at the meeting tonight, or the whole congregation). But it’s unnerving what details get discussed and analyzed or don’t get discussed and analyzed.
This isn’t my first rodeo (church remodel), and probably won’t be my last, and I think they all kind of follow a pattern, but it’s still an odd feeling, to both know what’s going on, and not know.