For a realtor the most important thing is location, location, location. Location is certainly important for a church plant too. New Season Church ended up at Massaponax High School, our local high school. This was the best space available when we were getting ready to launch.
There are some benefits to where we are: there is plenty of room for growth. Most people know where it is. We get access to lighting and a great platform area. We have the best janitor ever in Bill Spradlin. The cost is fairly reasonable.
There are plenty of drawbacks as well. We are at the very bottom of our mission field and out of the drive path direction that most people travel to shop, do business and get to other major roads. The space we have is HUGE. It is far more than we need and it is a detriment because we lose energy when people are so spread out- though we do rope off sections of the auditorium. We do have to load and unload every Sunday (which has plusses and minuses).
I think some things to consider when choosing locations are as follows:
1. Bathe the choice in much prayer.
2. Try to find the place people pass to go shopping, to the movies, and to do business.
3. Find a space that is not too big, but not too small- at least ensure you can expand if you need too.
4. Pick somewhere where the rent is fairly reasonable and where the landlord and the persons you will work with like the janitor are easy to work with.
5. For those who do preview services do them in different places not only to leave your scent but to see how each of the locations work- were the people easy to work with?, what was your attendance like compared to other venues? How did the set up go? And more.