Incredible growth can come when a congregation and its leadership break ground on a new building. But those same exciting times can also be times of great stress, sometimes even splitting a church if things do not go well. Construction and its financing are complicated, and many well-seasoned church leaders find themselves in over their heads when things start to go wrong. Educating yourself on the entire process prior to beginning construction, or even finding financing, can be instrumental in avoiding problems. This article describes the various steps of the process, pointing out specific areas that should be considered when planning any building project.
Step 1: Vision and planning
Before an architect draws the first line on the blueprints or the builder lays the first brick of your future building, it is essential for church leadership to carefully analyze the vision and planning process for the entire project. Because obtaining financing to build a new facility can be one of the most challenging decisions for a church, strong consideration should also be given to the other options available to acquire space. There are four ways to acquire new facility space: