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Blueprints, architects, building supervisors, punch lists … sounds like a headache waiting to happen! Included here are some helpful articles, from architects that have worked with churches on a new building, as well as from church leaders that have survived the building experience.

 

The Design-Build Process—Free Resource

March 7th, 2017|Comments Off on The Design-Build Process—Free Resource

Our colleagues at Visioneering Studios have created a free resource to help you learn what you don't know about the design-build process. The fast-paced nature of ministry can leave little room for researching all the [...]

How to Pick a Facility for a Church Plant

May 25th, 2015|Comments Off on How to Pick a Facility for a Church Plant

No two church plants are exactly the same. People, communities, economics and ministry purpose are only a few of the many variables church planters must work within. While God’s purpose should be the centerpiece of [...]

Five Lease Negotiating Tips for Churches

February 27th, 2014|Comments Off on Five Lease Negotiating Tips for Churches

As the multisite and church planting movements continue to become the fastest form of multiplication and community impact, an increasing number of churches are looking to facilities they would lease rather than own. Given this [...]

Multisite vs. Multi-venue

September 16th, 2013|Comments Off on Multisite vs. Multi-venue

The excitement of seeing God bring more people to the doors of the church—as He works in the hearts and lives of our neighbors and friends—can also bring challenges. The reality of physical space—worship center [...]

Disposing Hell, An Essay

September 11th, 2013|Comments Off on Disposing Hell, An Essay

Many images come to mind when the word “hell” is mentioned. In the wider culture, common pictures include flames, pitchforks, and never-ending black holes. These images likely arise from how people thought of hell during [...]

Moving Into Your New Facility

December 9th, 2012|Comments Off on Moving Into Your New Facility

The following was a presentation made at a conference, explaining the process of moving into a newly-built church building. The PowerPoint is available at the bottom of this page, complete with photos and samples of [...]

Financing Your Building

December 9th, 2012|Comments Off on Financing Your Building

David Fletcher asked Paul Sewell to lead a presentation on Financing Your Building at a conference. At the bottom of this page is a copy of the PowerPoint presentation, complete with graphics. The presentation includes [...]

An Architect’s Presentation

December 9th, 2012|Comments Off on An Architect’s Presentation

The presentation that your architect will give you will provide you with a perspective on so many things. Is the architect understanding your spiritual DNA and how it will be represented in the building? Do [...]

Construction Manager At Risk Questions

December 9th, 2012|Comments Off on Construction Manager At Risk Questions

When you are interviewing potential Construction Managers for your church's building project, what type of questions should you ask? What things should you ask them to discuss and describe? Below are some suggested questions, provided by [...]

Request For Proposal: Hiring an Architect

December 9th, 2012|Comments Off on Request For Proposal: Hiring an Architect

The Request For Proposal is a basic element of hiring an architect. But what is this document, this "RFP?"  John Jackson, of Jackson Galloway Architecture, has given a 7-page sample of an RFP, to help [...]

Typical Architectural Process

December 9th, 2012|Comments Off on Typical Architectural Process

What is the architectural process, from start to finish, for planning a new  church building? Below is insight and wisdom from John Jackson, an architect experienced in helping churches build, on the process of designing a [...]

The Process of Hiring an Architect

December 9th, 2012|Comments Off on The Process of Hiring an Architect

What are the steps in finding the right architect for your church's building project? Below are words and suggestions from an experienced architect, sharing the steps and technical terms that you will encounter throughout the process. [...]

How To Be a Great Client When Building

December 9th, 2012|Comments Off on How To Be a Great Client When Building

You've interviewed architects and decided on the firm to design your new church building. How can you and your church leadership be a great client to the architect? The following are some words of wisdom [...]

Building Your Dream

December 9th, 2012|Comments Off on Building Your Dream

Bob Feitl was an Architect and a Project Manager before he became an Executive Pastor. When he attended the XP-Seminar, he would often lead workshops regarding how to have a successful building project at your church. [...]

A New Building: Facing the Future

December 9th, 2012|Comments Off on A New Building: Facing the Future

As Grace Covenant Church celebrated thirty years of ministry as a Bible church in Austin, Texas, we began to look forward to what the Lord had for us for the next thirty years. We needed to [...]

Spiritual DNA: Spiritual Leadership for a New Building

December 9th, 2012|Comments Off on Spiritual DNA: Spiritual Leadership for a New Building

David Fletcher developed this PDF for several workshops on Building the New Building. See also his article on The Spiritual DNA of Grace Covenant Church of Austin. This PDF is an example that shows the [...]

A Church is Planted … and Grows

December 9th, 2012|Comments Off on A Church is Planted … and Grows

Port City Community Church held its first service on October 24, 1999 in a rented auditorium at a middle school in Wilmington, North Carolina. However, the first service was not the actual beginning; Mike Ashcraft [...]

Construction Manager at Risk—Request for Proposal—Example

December 7th, 2012|Comments Off on Construction Manager at Risk—Request for Proposal—Example

XPastor tries to help churches by providing some of the essentials for running a church---items like job descriptions, employment applications, review forms and church policies. Below is an example of a Construction Manager at Risk Request [...]

And Now We Are In the New Building …

December 6th, 2012|Comments Off on And Now We Are In the New Building …

“Pitch 39 Boss Reverse Pass” was the play and as soon as Executive Pastor Bill Northrop saw the Pittsburgh Steelers run it in Super Bowl XL, he knew his life had just gotten much, much more complicated. [...]

The Facility Challenge in Church Planting

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on The Facility Challenge in Church Planting

In May 2006, the rented building that our 2-year-old church plant was using was no longer available to us. We were given two weeks to vacate and secure a new location, suitable for 200 people [...]

Stonebriar Community Church: Adding a Third Service, Part II

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on Stonebriar Community Church: Adding a Third Service, Part II

In the Stonebriar Community Church Case Study, the decision of Dr. Charles Swindoll to add a third service at 8:00 on Sunday morning was introduced. Chuck, as he likes to be called, had informed his Executive Pastor, [...]

Stonebriar Community Church: The XP and Church Growth, Part I

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on Stonebriar Community Church: The XP and Church Growth, Part I

In January 2004, Dr. Charles Swindoll, Senior Pastor of Stonebriar Community Church, announced his decision to David Chavanne, the church’s Senior Executive Pastor. The internationally known radio preacher, who likes to be called “Chuck,” had decided that Stonebriar [...]

When to Build or Not: Construction Can Make or Break a Ministry

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on When to Build or Not: Construction Can Make or Break a Ministry

You have a good problem—your church attendance is growing and you’re busting at the seams. Having found a great location in the heart of your community, your church has purchased some nice land. Suddenly you’re [...]

Renting Versus Buying Your Church’s Facility

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on Renting Versus Buying Your Church’s Facility

God called you to plant a new church, and you’ve followed His calling. For the last year (or two years or five years), you’ve been renting adequate facilities to meet your congregation’s needs. You have [...]

How to Look Like a Borrower

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on How to Look Like a Borrower

One of the most significant events in the life of your church is preparing for a building project. A new building can mean an opportunity to start new ministries and grow those that exist. It means touching more [...]

Now is Not the Time to Suspend Capital Campaigns

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on Now is Not the Time to Suspend Capital Campaigns

In recent months I have dealt with three non-profit clients who were thinking about suspending their capital campaign plans due to the dreadful condition of the economy. Several factors led these top-flight executives to consider [...]

Rethinking the Church Space

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on Rethinking the Church Space

I was sitting in a meeting the other day, discussing the way the church uses its space, when someone boldly said: “We’ve built spaces for us and then gone out and tried to bring the lost [...]

America’s Houses of Worship

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on America’s Houses of Worship

PBS has produced a series of videos entitled, "America’s Houses of Worship." I saw it when they used it as one of those programs that they intermittently interrupt with an appeal for the viewer to [...]