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Company caters to churches on the go

A Michigan company aims to grow its business selling kits to create worship space in less than a couple of hours. The kits congregations to set up shop without buying real estate or managing buildings. Offerings include a stage, audio, video and lighting equipment, “similar to what a band on tour might use to setup in arenas and civic centers, according to USA Today:

The kits … are part of a trend that has been fueling growth at Portable Church Industries in Troy, which manufactures and sells the equipment that religious organizations across the country use to turn schools, movie theaters and other places into temporary houses of worship.

“A church has a huge impact on the community,” said Kendra Malloy, marketing director for Portable Church, who pointed out that that a key aim of the private company is to help churches expand. “Our job is to figure out all the parts and pieces they need to make that work.”

Portable Church, which started in 1994 and has annual sales of less than $10 million, has been growing steadily. This year, the company estimates it sold about 200 portable churches — and its new CEO, Scott Cougill, said he seeks to boost sales by 10% to 15%.

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I belong to an Anglican church plant in Pittsburgh. We meet in an art gallery each Sunday for worship. Not wanting to burden ourselves with property ownership but acknowledging the importance of sacred space, our leadership asked me, (I’m an architect), to design a sort of “church in a box” akin to a theatrical set that can be packed away into a minimal storage footprint during the week. You can see some images of the design work at our web site here:, and some photos of the actual built project at our Facebook page here:

Aesthetically, (as well as liturgically, musically, artistically, theologically, etc.), we’re interested in ancient/modern dialogue. It takes a team of two about 20 minutes to set it up and tear it down.

John Campbell

Susan Snook

This setup wouldn’t have been all that helpful to Church of the Nativity, Scottsdale, when we were meeting in an elementary school cafeteria! “The assemblies often include a stage, audio, video and lighting equipment, similar to what a band on tour might use to setup in arenas and civic centers. They run from about $15,000 to $900,000.” Gulp! We did have a portable sound system that cost about $1,000, and a portable keyboard that cost about the same. We had a foldable wooden altar and credence table that a member made and donated, and an altar guild suitcase with a chalice and paten and a couple of cruets, and some banners on stands that we used to define our worship space, and a baptismal font that we moved in when we needed it. We kept all these things during the week in the back of a member’s Ford Explorer, and 20 people arrived an hour early each Sunday to set it all up. We used the school’s chairs and tables, for worship and hospitality. You can create a fine liturgical worship experience for not too much money. The expensive equipment is not what makes it a church – what makes it a church is the people, and the Holy Spirit, and the congregation’s dedication to God’s mission.

Susan Brown Snook+

Jeffrey Cox

Churches are being more contextual which means less property and more ministry. This company meets this need because it supplies equipment that can make a church mobile.

Frankly, this concept of portability is alien for many Episcopal churches. US military chaplains have had a portable liturgical kit for years.

“Our job is to figure out all the parts and pieces they need to make that work,” their marketing director says. Perhaps in addition to band-on-tour quality A/V equipment, they might want to think about what (else) makes liturgical churches tick.

Torey Lightcap

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