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Bill "Papa" Lee

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In my hometown, there is an empty chapel because a larger, more modern one was built to replace it. I was one of the first two priests to bless the sacrament in the new building.

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In my hometown, there is an empty chapel because a larger, more modern one was built to replace it. I was one of the first two priests to bless the sacrament in the new building.

How long has it been empty? It has been my experience that when the church builds a new chapel to replace an outdated one they sell the old one. Over the years I know of two that have been purchased and turned into residences and one was sold to a different denomination. How about having a home with a chapel size living room and a basketball court?

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How long has it been empty? It has been my experience that when the church builds a new chapel to replace an outdated one they sell the old one. Over the years I know of two that have been purchased and turned into residences and one was sold to a different denomination. How about having a home with a chapel size living room and a basketball court?

My dad's company bought it and use it for storage. It's still in the same condition. No court, it is really old and not built on a standard plan. We still think of it as the old church.

Edit to add: To somebody not in the know, it might look like it was simply an empty church.

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My dad's company bought it and use it for storage. It's still in the same condition. No court, it is really old and not built on a standard plan. We still think of it as the old church.

Edit to add: To somebody not in the know, it might look like it was simply an empty church.

Your post led me to think the church was just leaving is sit empty. My experience is that idle properties are left unless there is some future plan for it.

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Off the subject, The Association of Religion Data Archives has already put up the 2010 religious stats for each state and individual counties.

http://www.thearda.c...32&county=01001

Thanks very much. Very interesting.

From 2000 to 2010 in the state of Georgia, the growth of the LDS church was 77%, Catholics 59%, and the Southern Baptists 2%.

Of course, the SB is well-established with 39k adherents, and the growth of the RCC to a total of 220k, the largest group in Georgia, was driven by the influx of hispanics during the last decade. The LDS church was 33K.

Some surprises -- the SBC and LDS church are close in total membership, but the total Protestants are about 70k. In the next decade we could see the church surpassing the SBC. I did not realize that the RCC is the largest church, but this may reflect the number of practicing vs normative Catholics.

In my particular county, the church grew from one branch with a rented a building, and now has four wards and a Spanish branch, with two buildings. The new pair of elders in our ward are really doing great.

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I don't know what that means.

We do sell building sometimes...sometimes to other churches.

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I think Pa Pa misunderstood you...he was saying, I think, that you will never see an LDS Church vacant on Sunday unless it has been sold, not replying to seeing a thread that makes this claim.

Pa Pa misunderstand something...high probability. :sorry:

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Your post led me to think the church was just leaving is sit empty. My experience is that idle properties are left unless there is some future plan for it.

I apologize for my lack of clarity, I was trying to make the point that chapel buildings sometimes are no longer used as such because of growth, not loss.

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I apologize for my lack of clarity, I was trying to make the point that chapel buildings sometimes are no longer used as such because of growth, not loss.

Also, sometimes it is cheaper to build or buy a newer one than attempt to bring an older building up to code. There was a big debate in one of my old wards whether to upgrade as much as possible and have to build in about 20 years anyway or demolish and build now. My dad was on the upgrade side as he felt the building had many, many more years to go (not just 20) and as an engineer he may have been right, but the other party won and we got a very quiet chapel with no outside light replacing our rather noisy but brilliant older version. I never really could decide which one I liked better.

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