One of the problems with our congregation is the fact that we have such a hard time year in, year out to meet our finanical burden. When the congregation bought our current building, they were way under budget and put the rest of that money into investments. Over the past few years, because of people dieing (mainly the very rich and affluent ones) and the lack of converts coming in, we have had to draw money from our investments to pay things like our phone bill. But we can't continue like that simply because in a few years' time the investments will be insolvent.
To help with this, we have started to rent out our hall again. We just had the floors redone, the walls painted and the light fixtures replaced with newer ones. We hope that more people will start doing this.
We have also considered having a capital campaign to build a multi-purpose center on our property (which is currently unused) which could function as a hall, meeting place, with an indoor basketball court which we could rent out as well. The place would have a fully functional and modern kitchen, which we are lacking in our hall right now. Renting the place out would pay for the place so quickly and we'd be able to reap the benefits. The Serbian church in our area has been able to do this for years with its center (and they also allow for Bingo, something our Archdiocese will not permit) and they've reaped the benefits.
I think, for us, at least, that this would be a great way to generate the finances we need to continue God's work here on earth. I don't think there is anything wrong with it or un-Orthodox. It would be great if our members would all pledge and follow through on their pledges for the year, but that's just not going to happen, unfortunately. My priest would tell you that adding amenities of this kind is a both...and approach. We are celebrating together with both the divine liturgy of the Church and the things of this world. Just mho.