The modern-day churches like to keep an open mind, and hence they often rent out their premises to respected and esteemed organizations. A good example of this was from Newcastle painting which manages to rent out a big premise of an Anglican church just outside Kotara suburb in Newcastle, NSW. Other examples may include among their ranks such groups as Alcoholics Anonymous, Weight Watchers as well as wedding planners and funeral undertakers. Most of the time, the arrangement of renting out church facilities goes in a straight sailing manner. However, there have been a few snags in the past. These have caused several churches to become more prudent regarding whom to lend out their property. The serious issue of child abuse not only among outsiders but within the priests of the church have caused a lot of public uproars.
It is also not uncommon for someone from the outgroup to be involved in an accident while on the church premises. That person often has recourse to the court of law where he or she may sue the church and win damages amounting in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. To ward off any such liability, the churches of today have to be very careful. All precautions must be taken beforehand. For one thing, the party renting out the property must face insurance loss instead of the church coming up against such a dilemma. A pre-written document stating this clause in crystal-clear words is thus a necessity.
The chances of the premises catching fire and any defacing of the property are also possibilities which must be met fair and square by telling the party to sign on the dotted line. Many new-age religious movements have a lousy track record. They resemble cults and even condone such illegal practices (according to church doctrine) as same-sex marriages. Never under no circumstances should such activities be allowed to take place on church land. It would be a travesty of the sacred space.
It is quoted in the Bible that if there is a disagreement or dispute between the church and outside groups, instead of resorting to secular courts, such matters should be resolved by discussion. If that doesn’t work, then a judge ought to dispel any misunderstandings. Finally, if push comes to shove, the issue should be handed over to religious authorities to handle in the best way they deemed fit.
The church authorities could charge a fee to the outsiders the amount of which depends on the event that will take place. The sum of money which suits a wedding may not work at a funeral. Any damages to property should be noted down after the event, and the burden will come down on the user of the premises. Extra care ought to be taken lest any wild or excessive practices occur on the property. Tell the group heads looking forward to renting out the property to scrupulously read the small print on the agreement before they squiggle their signatures on the bottom of the legal paper. While the church will never want to close its doors to the decent, law-abiding citizen of the state who come in good faith, it has to be wary of any miscreants who plan to create trouble.