Facility Rental Application
Statement of Purpose:
The church’s facilities were provided through God’s benevolence and by the sacrificial generosity of church members. The church desires that its facilities be used for the fellowship of the Body of Christ and always to God’s glory. Although the facilities are not generally open to the public, we make our facilities available to approved non-member persons and groups as a witness to our faith, in a spirit of Christian charity, and as a means of demonstrating the Gospel of Jesus Christ in practice.
However, facility use will not be permitted to persons or groups holding, advancing, or advocating beliefs, or advancing, advocating, or engaging in practices that conflict with the church’s faith or moral teachings, which are summarized in, among other places, the church’s constitution and bylaws. Nor may facilities be used for activities that contradict, or are deemed by the pastor as inconsistent with, or contrary to the church’s faith or moral teachings. The pastor, or his official designee, is the final decision-maker on whether a person or group is allowed to use church facilities.
This restricted facility use policy is necessary for two important reasons. First, the church may not in good conscience materially cooperate in activities or beliefs that are contrary to its faith. Allowing its facilities to be used for purposes that contradict the church’s beliefs would be material cooperation with that activity, and would be a grave violation of the church’s faith and religious practice. See 2 Corinthians 6:14; 1 Thessalonians 5:22.
Second, it is very important to the church that it presents a consistent message to the community, which the church staff and members conscientiously maintain as part of their witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. To allow facilities to be used by groups or persons who express beliefs or engage in practices contrary to the church’s faith would have a severe negative impact on the message that the church strives to promote. It could also be a source of confusion and scandal to church members and the community because they may reasonably perceive that by allowing use of our facilities, the church is in agreement with the beliefs or practices of the persons or groups using church facilities.
Therefore, in no event shall persons or groups who hold, advance, or advocate beliefs, or advance, advocate, or engage in practices that contradict the church’s faith use any church facility. Nor may facilities be used in any way that contradicts the church’s faith.
This policy applies to all church facilities, regardless of whether the facilities are connected to the church’s sanctuary, because the church sees all of its property as holy and set apart to worship God. See Colossians 3:17.
Church Facility Use Guidelines
1.Alcohol Policy: No alcohol may be served or used in church facilities oron church premises.
2.Smoking Policy: Smoking is prohibited in any church facilitiesor on church premises.
3.Groups are restricted to only those areas of the facility that the group hasreserved.
4.Food and beverages are not allowed in the sanctuary, classrooms or any otherroom designated for worship or prayer services.
5.Church equipment, such as tables and chairs, must be returned to originalplacement, unless arranged otherwise prior to the event.
a.All garbage must be disposed of in the outside garbage bin. (IfApplicable)
b.The Kitchen area must be cleaned with no food left onpremises. (If Applicable)
c.All decorations must be removed from the premises immediately afterthe event.
7.Nothing should be nailed to the wall or floor.
8.Abusive or foul language, violent behavior, and drug or alcohol use arestrictly prohibited while using church facilities. Any person exhibitingsuch behavior will be required to leave the premise.
9.All lights and equipment must be turned off and doors locked upondeparture.
10.Any broken or damaged items must reported.
11.Any person or group must complete the “Church Facility Use andAgreement” form PRIOR to usage of church facilities.