When our church was started, and acquired a building, the congregation decided that starting another church would be the goal when the space in the building was being used to its maximum ability. We've reached the point where, during our Bible study time, all our rooms are filled pretty much to capacity, the pre-school area is really crowded, and the sanctuary is at about 90% capacity for worship. We're looking at several options and I was wondering if anyone here has had experience with this sort of thing. Here's what we've looked at. 1. Adding a second Sunday School at 11:00, and a second worship service at 9:30. No new church staff, but additional volunteers needed for teaching and child care. 2. An afternoon Sunday School and worship, at 1:00 and 2:15, functioning as a second congregation. 3. A satellite, or mission congregation meeting at another location, functioning as a new church start. With options 2 or 3, how is the determination made as to which members will go and which will stay? Do you do this along the natural lines of relationships that already exist, by assigning certain classes or home groups to one congregation or service, or do you let people more or less make their own choices? We've also thought of renting space. There's a strip shopping center next door that has space available where we could make about 8 new classrooms, and have an 8:30 and 11:00 worship with one Sunday School, but I'm not sure how well an 8:30 service would work for us. And if we continued to grow, it would make our current congregation larger. We'd rather start a new church to make room for new growth in both places than to get bigger here. Thoughts?