Where churches have been built upon the joint-ownership plan, it is usually necessary to provide for the current expenses of the church by levying an annual tax upon pews owned by attendants, and supplementing this by renting all unsold pews. The system is fraught with complications and would probably never have been originated had it not been for the influence of the individual proprietorship argument in inducing parties to subscribe more liberally to the building fund.

Its disadvantages may be stated in part as:

1.   It leads to an inequality in the amounts paid by the two classes - those who own, and those who rent pews.

2.   The trustees are likely to be perplexed in the disposition of such pews as are owned by non-residents.

3.   It tends to cause those who are simply the lessees to feel but a partial interest in both the temporal and spiritual affairs of the church. See this subject more fully treated in the succeeding chapter under the "Joint Ownership" plan.