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As we know, churches are public place of worships hence they should be eligible. But what if a church doesn't have "permanent or legalized building"?

Before I continue, I should tell this first. In my country, every public place of worships should have their building permit that must be approved by local authorities and representative of religious leaders of that area. Since most Indonesians are moslems, most mosques have their building permit easily, but churches would most likely got a problem with that. In short, some churches are forced to rent buildings like houses or shop-houses ("ruko" in Indonesia) as the alternative, but not permanent. (I'm sorry if it may be bitter, but it's true facts.)

Here's the examples of that kind churches. At first it would most likely considered as "generic business" or "private residential property", but no—these are actually churches.

Should these kind of churches eligible?

Thank you!


  • NorthSeaPoet-INGNorthSeaPoet-ING Posts: 895 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I personally would say that there would need to be a more permanent sign attached to the building. A banner like the one in your example feels a bit temporary to me.

  • JSteve0-INGJSteve0-ING Posts: 516 ✭✭✭✭

    In the USA, it is common for churches to rent spaces in commercial shopping centers. Here is a picture of one that was accepted with banner.

    I would expect this type of church is not rated as highly as a standalone building or a rented space with a permanent sign. In my particular area, they do make it through the system almost every time.

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