Look around: church conversions are everywhere

Our little Church Sweet Home is just another in a long line of church conversions. Churches across America (and the world) are losing membership and going on the market, so the opportunities to renovate an old church into a new home abound.

As I admit in my memoir about our church renovation project, Pinterest inspired me:

A quick look through the Pinterest website reveals some spectacular transformations, the sort of metamorphosis that inspired me. But you’ll also find some horrors of awkwardly chopped-up spaces, dark rooms, strange window configurations and thoughtless appropriation of church symbols—like an altar reused as a bar. Ugh.

Search “converted churches” or “church conversions” and you’ll find enough transformative pins to distract you for hours.

Google, of course, will serve up a heaping platter of converted churches, too:

Want a church of your own to turn into your home or one already transformed? Check out realtor.com (someone there has a lot of fun with the headlines):

  • Truly divine! Your personal sanctuary awaits at this Indiana church
  • We pray a buyer finally makes an offer on this former Wisconsin church
  • Bow your heads: Awesome church-to-home conversion for sale in Pennsylvania
  • Hallelujah! Divine townhouse in converted church in Washington, D.C.
  • Strike gold with a converted church and miniature mining town in Eureka, UT
  • This colorful $1.6M converted church could start your Airbnb empire

Tyler still frequents these real estate listings. Quite often, he’ll often show me a run-down church in the middle of nowhere and ask, “Wanna do it again?”

I would do it again! For the right place and the right price, yes, I would.

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I tell the story of how we converted a 126-year-old Methodist church into our home in Church Sweet Home: A Renovation to Warm the Soul.

To get your hands on Church Sweet Home: A Renovation to Warm the Soul, the paperback is $12.49 on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Prefer an ebook? You’re in luck. The ebook is $4.49 and available at Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook and Kobo.

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