What do you get when you combine worship, event and co-working space all into one?

You get Neighbors.

Neighbors Church opened last month in its new multipurpose space in the Fallbrook Town Center.

The space is used for church services on Sunday mornings by the year-old United Methodist church. The rest of the time, it's open to the community.

Seth Derner, who's on the church's board, said the concept is what's known as a "parachute drop" — essentially where a pastor and family parachute into an area where they have no specific ties.

"It's pretty popular on the coasts to do what they call these small-venue churches," said Derner, who is co-founder of consulting and strategy firm, Vivayic.

Neighbors occupies a retail bay at 575 Fallbrook Blvd., Suite 102. Because the location is used very infrequently by the church for formal events, it wanted to do something to better utilize the space.

"Originally, the idea was to do a coffee shop," Derner said. But then Scooters announced plans to come to Fallbrook, and it no longer made sense, he said.

So the idea of a co-working space was born.

"The whole goal was to create community," Derner said.

The co-working space is open to the public from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. weekdays. It offers free wireless internet access along with free coffee, tea and lemonade. It also has a children's play area and a small assortment of books and games.

Derner said Fallbrook's owner, Nebco, was initially a bit skeptical about the concept, which led to an "interesting conversation."

"They were like, 'What do you want to do in the space?,'" he said.

But the company eventually came around to the concept.

On a recent winter morning, there were a handful of people using the space, including Derner, his wife, Carrie, and their kids; Neighbors Pastor Trever Rook; and a couple of Fallbrook residents.

Derner said the space is getting a few users each day, sometimes as many as 10, all of whom are from the neighborhood, which is in northwest Lincoln.

When it's not being used as a co-working space, the venue is available to rent for meetings, events and other gatherings.

Derner said it's had a few users so far, including the area Kiwanis Club.

Neighbors has partnered with Toast and Schilling Bridge Cork and Tap House, the two "sit-down" restaurants in Fallbrook, to provide catering for larger events in the space.

Derner said the two restaurants are excited about the space because neither has significant event space to offer.

The church hopes to get a modest amount of revenue from renting out the space for meetings and events. That's part of the reason for its existence, Derner said.

"The other part is just to get people in here to hang out," he said.

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Matt Olberding is a Lincoln native and University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate who has been covering business for the Journal Star since 2005.

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