Following our weekend workshop, “Making This House a Home”, we are reminded that home renovations are never done. We are justified in feeling proud for having made our buildings more accessible and our program space more flexible. But now the parts of our buildings and property we did not renovate feel tired by comparison.
Keri Weylander, our workshop leader, helped us celebrate not only our accomplishments of the last year, but also the stories and the history that reside in every corner of our church. Our space is important to us, and she helped us see that.
But touring our church with the eyes of a visitor, Keri also helped us see where our buildings still work against our desire to be welcoming and accessible. Rooms that seem to have lost their purpose, corridors packed with storage, entryways that do not say, “Welcome”—it appears we have not yet completed the task of making our house a home.
Cast your own gaze around our church. Which rooms say, “Welcome” to you, and which do not? Where do you feel most comfortable, where do you feel uncomfortable? Which spaces “work” for you, which do not? Those become the next areas of our ongoing renovation project.
To be clear, we are not starting up a new building committee—yet—nor are we revving up for a new capital campaign—yet. We are simply noticing for the moment where the work will continue, when it continues. Because truthfully, this work will never end!