New Buildings

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.

Strategic Designs for Active Shooter Readiness

August 15th, 2019|Comments Off on Strategic Designs for Active Shooter Readiness

Dave Milam has helped hundreds of churches around the country with their facilities. One of his most frequent questions is, "How can we make our campus safer?” This webinar provides a lively discussion from [...]

Cultural Factors that Affect Building Design

July 20th, 2018|Comments Off on Cultural Factors that Affect Building Design

When we design a church building, cultural factors heavily influence us. We add certain elements, such as a steeple, for cultural reasons. The size of the building is culturally-driven. The decision to install air [...]

Talking to Your Architect

May 19th, 2017|Comments Off on Talking to Your Architect

One of the challenges that churches continually face is that we build sporadically. Dealing with architects, designers and builders happens from time-to-time. This means that XPs and church leaders must relearn the language of architecture with [...]

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 [...]