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How do you find a church building for rent?

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ChurchSHARE.net and RentMyChurch.com have listings of churches available for rent. Renters can use the church buildings for worship, education, child care, weddings and other events. Rental agreements are typically by the day or by the month. In April 2015, renters can choose from churches of various sizes.

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Duke University performed studies in 1998 and 2007 that showed over half of the churches in the United States have congregations of less than 75 people, with budgets less than $90,000 per year. Churches choose to rent buildings to increase resources, staff and programs in its communities.

ChurchSHARE is based in Bradenton, Florida, and the website has one church available for rent, as of April 2015. The building is located on 10 acres and has sanctuaries that seat 50 to 500 worshipers. Rent includes janitorial services, paper goods and staff support. The building has an indoor gym, playground and soccer field for families to use, in addition to worship facilities.

RentMyChurch.com allows users to search for available churches across the United States. Search criteria include location, denomination, price range and capacity. Searchers can also narrow the results by whether or not the church has kitchen and catering services, parking, meeting equipment and outdoor space. Some churches do not allow alcohol or dancing on the premises, and users can use this option as a search criteria as well.

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