Q. We think we have the need for a building project at our church, but we have no idea what to do. Where do we start?
A. We would recommend that your first step be to identify a building partner to help guide you through a process of evaluation and feasibility study. A partner that is experience in guiding churches not just in a building process, but in the evaluation of your ministry needs and financial capabilities.
DJ has a huge breadth of experience in helping Churches get started with their next steps in developing their ministry and facilities. Feel free to call or email our Certified Church Consultant Enos Yoder at 574-533-1645 to learn more.
A. We find this to be a common problem with many Churches today with membership changing and a new generation of leadership entering ministry. Our first question is usually focused around the possibility of “re-purposing” your spaces so that they can more effectively meet your ministry goals. Another step may be to challenge how you are currently doing some of your ministries to make sure that there aren’t some creative ways to adapt how and where some of these ministries meet.
If you would like some help in evaluating how your current facility impedes or limits your current ministry, please call or email our Certified Church Consultant Enos Yoder at 574-533-1645 to learn more.
Q. I hear Church Leaders talking about a “multi-site solution” to our growth issues. What is multi-site and is it a practical solution for our church?
A. A multisite church solution is one church meeting in multiple locations–different locations in the same region, or in some instances, different cities, states, or nations. A multisite church shares a common vision, budget, leadership and board.
Instead of expanding your existing church to facilitate growth, the multi-site solution creates a new facility in a different location usually with its own “Campus Pastor” but many times using technology to beam in the Sunday morning message from the “home” church.
There are many pros and cons to the multi-site Church solution. If you would like to learn more about this option for growth of your church body, feel free to call or email our Certified Church Consultant Enos Yoder at 574-533-1645 to learn more.
Q. What should we do to improve our children’s ministry area to meet the concerns of today’s family’s?
A. The first step is to come to an understanding of what those important concerns of today’s families are in bringing their children to Church. The newest issue is security and safety of their children. This is an issue that probably wasn’t even on most Churches radars 5 years ago, but it is something that is of utmost importance in a parents mind. Will my child be accounted for and be kept safe from any outside issues. Sometimes simple things like the condition of the room they meet in can add to a parents concerns if the room looks dirty or unsanitary.
Another important concern is “does my child even want to go” to the children’s programs offered. We all may remember the days of parents dragging their crying children to a Sunday School class and dropping them off with strangers for an hour or so. If your child throws a fit everytime, why would a parent want to make their children attend.
A next step might be to do a good hard look at your current children’s spaces for security and safety issues and to talk to some of your young parents to better understand what their concerns might be. If you would like to learn more, call or email our Certified Church Consultant Enos Yoder at 574-533-1645 to learn more.
Q. Can we save a lot of money for our church if we do some of the work ourselves? Are you willing to work with Church volunteers on our project?
A. This is a question that comes up many times on Church projects. DJ has many times broken out parts of our construction project to allow church members to perform the work. The reality that we see is that the savings are normally very small because it is only the labor that I sbeing saved and in today’s busy environment, many churches have a very difficult time getting enough people to volunteer to complete the work in any timely fashion.
We normally guide Churches through this evaluation and help them ascertain if the potential savings is worth the effort that will need to be expended to complete it with volunteers.
Q. We have a land-locked church facility and we are busting at the seams. What are the challenges for a Church in building a new facility on a new site? Are there other solutions we should consider?
A. One of the biggest challenges in moving from a current location to a new site and new building are what we would call the one-time costs of construction on a new site. Some of these costs would include the cost of the property, utility extensions, planning and zoning approvals and site engineering costs.
These one-time costs make it difficult to build a similar amount of square footage that you currently have because of these one-time costs that are needed for a new site
We have assisted many Churches in this evaluation and would welcome tehopportunity to assist your church. Feel free to call or email our Certified Church Consultant Enos Yoder at 574-533-1645 to learn more.
A. There can be many roadblocks. The most important roadblock is making sure your Church Body truly supports the proposed project. Nothing can more quickly suck the life right out of a church is when the congregation is unsure of the reason for the project and does not understand what ministry opportunities might be gained. In that situation, the building committee who have worked hard on developing a project will be discouraged and it can create some significant divides within the Church body.
Can this and other roadblocks be avoided. We proper planning, they most certainly can. Our experienced Church team has been in these situations with many churches in the past and we understand the steps necessary greatly improve the success of a building committee as it works through a building process. Feel free to call or email our Certified Church Consultant Enos Yoder at 574-533-1645 to learn more about pre-campaign assessments possibilities.
A. A challenge that we particularly see in smaller communities that don’t have large churches with large memberships. Understanding how the membership might support a possible project financially is the critical question. Pre-assessments can be done to evaluate the “Giving” potential for your church to understand what size of project can be undertaken is a common early step in the planning process.
The DJ team can assist your Church with some of our stewardship consultants in developing an understanding of what your congregation might be capable of. Please call or email our Certified Church Consultant Enos Yoder at 574-533-1645 to learn more about pre-campaign assessments possibilities.