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Q&A: Not Having a Clear Vision and Master Planning in a Church Building Project

One of the most beneficial aspects of participating in our i3 webinars is the ability to ask questions. We always try to cover the most relevant details of church building and church design in each webinar, but sometimes it takes a question or two from individual church leaders to address particular needs about what’s best for a specific church. 

Here are two questions we recently received.

Question #1: When there’s no clear vision, how does The McKnight Group move forward with a client and its church building project?

As we’ve elaborated in our recent blog posts on church vision, having a clear vision promotes unity and is key to a successful church building or remodeling project. Importantly, vision saves time and money, allowing for simpler decision-making in the church building and construction process.

If we encounter a client that does not have a strong vision, The McKnight Group’s team tries to act as a catalyst to help create one. We start by asking a series of questions to bring clarity to the project’s purpose and goals. These conversations also set priorities for the project, helping you determine what is most important and why.

Additionally, if you are struggling to determine a clear vision for your church design, building or remodeling project, we frequently send church leaders to our website to gain inspiration from our other clients and past projects. Over the years, we have collected a vast portfolio of church building, design and remodel projects—including new builds, renovations, additions, etc. Seeing these examples may help you see what is possible, dream about how the elements of these projects may translate to your church, and craft a vision for your church’s future.

Question #2: Can our church building project start small and build as we grow?

Absolutely! At The McKnight Group, we are strong advocates of master planning, a multi-phase church building process that breaks projects into realistic stages based on your goals and resources. A master plan serves as a roadmap. And because it is not set in stone, the master plan can flex and adjust as your church changes and grows.

The first phase of the master plan is often the most important. Its goals are based on what you can presently afford and the immediate needs of your church. Phase one serves as a momentum builder for future phases and allows church leaders to garnish excitement for and commitment to the “what could be” of future phases. It also helps you and your church see and believe what is possible.

It’s essential to remember that every master plan is different, and the master plan should be tailored to your church’s unique needs and capabilities. Whether you’re building a new facility, renting and renovating a facility, or anything in between, the master plan ensures each phase is appropriate for your church. It also can easily be adjusted as your goals and priorities evolve.

Whether you are creating a vision for your church’s building, design or remodel project or are ready to establish a master plan for future growth, asking questions and getting tailored advice is important to success. For 2021, we’ve thoughtfully designed our i3 webinar series to help you, as well as the church leaders you lead alongside, learn interactively as you prepare for the future. We invite you to participate in these topical conversations and continue to ask the questions that will help you lead your church through its next church building, church design, or church remodel project.

2021-01-12T20:57:50+00:00 January 12th, 2021|Advice, Church Building, Church Design|

Why a Church Vision is So Important

The McKnight Group speaks often about vision. We talk about it in our i3 webinars. We talk about it here on our blog. We even talk about it when church leaders reach out to us about their church buildings. We do it so frequently because we know how important a clear vision is when seeking to build your ministry on the right foundations. And we recognize that the right vision is a key foundation for any successful church building project.

What Does a Church Vision Do?

Imagine that an overcrowded sanctuary has become an issue for your church’s attendees. When sharing a church vision for ministry and your new church design plans, you’re giving those attendees hope for the future, that the overcrowding won’t last forever. When you share your vision, people also become engaged with your plan for the future, and thus more involved with your church. You can more easily bring people together around this vision for ministry.

The Impact of Not Having a Church Vision

Another reason every church should have a vision is because of what happens if you don’t. Without a shared church vision, everyone tends to think their ministry is the most important. Ministry leaders can begin to question why another ministry is getting preferential treatment or a better meeting place.

With a clear church vision and explanation of the people you want to reach for Christ, each ministry leader knows where their particular ministry fits within the overall plan. Some might not be happy about it, but they will have trouble making waves about it because everyone else is on board. Publicizing your vision can serve as a tool to help spot the people who want your church to go in a different direction. Then you can explain the reasons behind your church vision and help to bring them on board.

We also recognize that one church cannot do every ministry, so it’s possible that the process of sharing your church vision might cause some people to go elsewhere. There will always be other churches, and other ministries, and that’s okay. There’s a limit to the ministry that any one church can effectivity provide — and a church vision will clarify those limits.

The Financial Effect of a Church Building Vision

Finally, a church vision is especially important in determining the scope of any church building project. It gives you a template that helps you check what you’re spending, how big you’re making spaces in your church design, and what your priorities are for the new church building. It also makes those tough decisions easier. You might have a church design that costs $5 million if you were to build everything at once, but you can only afford $1 million. With a church vision and church design master plan, you can easily determine your highest priorities, and select which part of your new church building to begin first.

There’s much to consider at every stage of a church building project. This is why we share our free i3 webinars every year. Our latest lineup is available here and you can register for upcoming webinars here.

2021-01-05T16:29:48+00:00 January 5th, 2021|Church Building, Church Design, Vision|

Three Tips for Church Leaders to Bring a Church Building Vision to Life

Having a compelling vision drives the success of a church building or remodeling project, but success requires more than simply having vision and writing it down.  

A vision statement is not designed to collect dust on a shelf. As a church leader, you’ve already demonstrated that you have what it takes to rally an organization around a bold initiative. It’s what makes someone a leader.

So, when it comes time for a church building project, it’s important that you consistently communicate the purpose of the project, the timeline in which the vision must be sustained, and that you also remind church attendees of that vision in a captivating way. All of this will lead to project unity. Here are three tips to make it happen.

Tip 1: Communicate a Clear and Compelling Church Vision

A new church building, and even some church remodeling projects, can take more than a year to complete. However, you have a limited amount of time to get everyone on board with your church vision for ministry. In order to prevent any misunderstandings, it’s important to have a clear and concise church vision statement. We always suggest that the vision statement is written down and shared frequently.

Think about it this way: church leaders get excited about new projects. It’s possible to then talk about them for days, sharing all the details and eventually, possibly, overwhelming people or turning them away. A compelling church vision that can be communicated in a single sentence or paragraph is helpful to give clarity to everyone. It also helps keep everyone on the same page.

Tip 2: Build Unity Quickly in Your Church Community

Unity is critical to the success of any church building project. Getting and keeping everyone on the same page helps your church community keep moving forward. A church building is expensive these days, so it’s rare that everybody gets everything they want the first time around. Instead of arguing over whose ministry is most important and what most needs to happen, church leaders need to help staff, volunteers, and attendees understand that you’re working with a long-range plan.

With a long-range church vision and phased church building plan, everyone understands the vision, the big picture, from the beginning. Then priorities become much clearer. People can see how the first step is needed to support their ministry, which might be in the second or third phase. They understand where their specific ministry plays a role in the overall church vision.

Tip 3: Support Shared Sacrifice During the Church Building Process

As we noted above, any church building project will take a while to reach completion, especially if you’re implementing it in phases. Another key tip to successful implementation of your church vision is clearly describing the end result. When church leaders make the vision compelling, attendees understand what’s going to happen. They know where you’re going. This allows people to put up with disruption for a while longer. They will sacrifice in the present because they know where the church is headed. When they’re inspired by what lies ahead, they’ll put up with the challenges that come with any church building project. They feel part of something bigger than themselves.

As you know, we share tips like this throughout the year, using our free i3 webinars to communicate ideas, insights, and innovations for the church building process. Our 2021 lineup is available here and you can register for the first three upcoming webinars here.

2020-12-22T15:49:51+00:00 December 22nd, 2020|Church Building, Church Design, Vision|

Learn about Church Building and Design: Here’s Our 2021 Lineup of Free I3 Webinars

Each new year gives us a chance to begin again. The new year also means the chance to unveil our latest lineup of free i3 webinars. That “i3” stands for ideas, insights, and innovations. These live webinars keep church leaders up to date each year with the latest information to help make the wisest choices and be the best stewards of a church design and construction project.

This year has clearly shown that the church building landscape is constantly changing—a year ago, we could not have imagined how many churches would be worshipping online! By attending these live webinars, you can get your questions answered and keep up with the latest innovations in the constantly changing world of church design.

Here is information on our 2021 lineup of free i3 webinars. Do note that while most of these take place in the third week of the month, our January webinar is held a week early, and addresses a very timely topic, so sign up today!

January 14 – NEW! The COVID-Era Church: Designs for an Effective Church

The pandemic has impacted the lives and ministries of every church leader. Many are wondering how their church buildings can serve them better as tools for a rapidly changing world. In this webinar, we’ll discuss adaptable church design and suggest technology and features that convey to your guests and members that your church building is a safe space to gather and worship.

February 18 – Current Trends in Church Design

Church design in America is always changing in response to trends across the nation. Some trends, like technology, are new. Others reflect a return to prior priorities, such as simplicity, especially in economically challenging times. This i3 webinar will address these and other factors that now influence church design, including examples from our own church building projects.

April 15 – Reimagine Your Space: How to Transform the Building You Have into the Building You Need

Does your church building support your church vision for ministry? Too often, church leaders struggle to work within buildings designed for other decades and priorities. Fortunately, help is available. In this i3 webinar, we share real-life examples of church building spaces that have been radically transformed to meet modern ministry opportunities.

May 20 – Safety and Security Design for Today’s Church Building

Security and safety priorities for church leaders are very different than they were in the last century, but many church buildings haven’t kept up with the times. This i3 webinar will approach church design from the perspective of protection from today’s threats, addressing levels of security, building code requirements, and what church leaders need to consider in putting together a church security plan.

June 17 – Steps to a Successful Church Interior Design Project

A church building or remodeling project isn’t just about the structure and functionality of the property. It’s never too early to begin thinking about the interior finishes: colors and patterns, flooring, furnishing styles, etc. The good news is that we’ve developed a process for that. In this i3 webinar, we share steps in the interior design process that will integrate your interior design with the rest of your project—including a surprise first step!

July 15 – Developing a Clear Vision for Your Church

At The McKnight Group, we believe that your church vision is more critical to the success of your church design than anything else. When God inspires your vision for ministry in your community, you’re on the right track from day one. In this i3 webinar, we provide insights on creating a church vision that can make your church building a dynamic and supportive tool in your God-inspired outreach to guests and your community.

August 19 – Funding Your Project in Today’s Economy

The pandemic has certainly taught us the folly of making assumptions about the future. This can make church leaders wary of beginning a new church building project in today’s economy. Yet, if your church vision calls for a new facility or church renovation project, how can you ignore God’s call? Don’t despair! In this webinar, we will share specific, creative methods that churches are already using to raise funds, along with practical tools you can use to craft a realistic budget for implementing that vision.

September 16 – Creating Effective Children’s Spaces

Does your church building draw in families with young children? Do you even know what you need for an appealing church design? What if you only have the funds for renovation? We will share wisdom, tips, and suggestions for all this and more in an i3 webinar specifically designed to support making a good first impression on your youngest guests and their parents.

October 21 – The Map to The Church Building You’re Dreaming of: A Step-by-Step Guide

Does the idea of a church building project seem overwhelming? As the saying goes, each journey starts with a single step. In this final i3 webinar of 2021, we will provide you with a detailed “triptik” for your church design journey. With our guidance, you can arrive at your church building destination without wasting money or time on needless detours or running out of funds halfway through.

Are you ready for 2021? You can already sign up today for our first three webinars. Prepare your questions now, and we hope to see you soon!

2020-12-15T19:49:01+00:00 December 15th, 2020|Church Building, Church Design|

Asking the Right Questions If You’re Struggling to Develop a Church Vision

A vision for ministry is the starting point for so many elements that make a thriving church community. Not only will it help shape the kinds of ministries offered, it’s also key to making a church building that functions and supports that community, among other things. But we recognize that the idea of a church vision can be difficult to explain, and a concrete church vision can be challenging to pin down. Here are some questions to ask and ideas that can help church leaders determine your church vision, and whether your church building is helping or hindering that vision for ministry.

The First Question to Ask About Your Church Vision

The first, and most obvious, question to ask when defining your church vision is who you want to reach. To say you want to reach everyone is true for all of us, but go further and ask who are you best at reaching? For example, say you’re great at evangelism and feel God leading you to reach the unchurched, people who have no history of attending church in their life. Your church building is going to tell a story to everyone who enters. If you find a way to bring them in and what they see is old wood beams, pews, stained glass, and elegant floral arrangements displayed on old-fashioned, fragile furniture, they’ll probably not connect with those building features the same way someone who grew up going to church does. 

The Next Questions to Ask About Your Church Building

So, once you decide on who you want to reach, the next question is how to attract them. In the example above, what would be attractive to people that don’t attend church regularly? The old standards of pews and steeples aren’t going to matter to them. Instead, they could better appreciate a clean, contemporary feel, with solid furniture, a welcoming vibe, and amenities they can relate to—like a café with comfortable seating areas and perhaps a children’s play area close by.

As you walk around your church building, try to see it with the fresh eyes of a first-time attender. Would they know where to go for worship? If they went to a class, would they be directed to an attractive and welcoming classroom, or a cozy space with comfortable seating and good lighting? Or are those spaces reserved for the regular attendees, leaving the first-time attender to gather in a small, crowded room with old folding chairs? When they drop their kids off in the children’s area, will they be shown an outdated, poorly lit space, or a brightly colored, attractive children’s area with a security desk and clear safety signage?

The Best Questions to Ask About Your Church Design

As you can see, asking the right questions will help you develop the right vision for reaching people in your community. It’s also important that your church building tells its own story about your vision. Both must be in sync, or you will have to overcome the non-verbal messages your facility sends to attract the people you want. This is when it’s important to look at your church design and compare it with your priorities. Ask what you can afford and also what’s of greatest importance. We know that a new church building can be expensive. The good news is that you don’t have to start with a brand-new church design. Instead, you can remodel your existing church building to meet your current needs. We’ve got lots of experience in guiding church leaders, so feel free to ask for our help.

You can learn more about the right questions to ask—on many topics! — in our free i3 webinars. The first three in our 2021 webinar lineup are available for sign-up now!

2020-12-08T20:27:53+00:00 December 8th, 2020|Church Building, Church Design, Vision|

Aligning Your Church Building Vision with Modern Technology

Church leaders have quickly learned that technology is critical to supporting a thriving church vision for ministry to the community, especially during the coronavirus pandemic. COVID-19 has forced many churches to reevaluate their use of technology, or experiment with technology in ways that they might not have imagined before. Here’s an example of forward-thinking church leaders who had a traditional church vision, but still recognized the need for some church building updates to meet modern technological requirements.

Church of the Messiah in Westerville, Ohio

Church of the Messiah is a traditional church that wants to stay that way – making use of choir robes, pipe organ, piano, and the like in their services. Modern technology perhaps doesn’t seem to fit neatly into that vision but was still something the church leaders knew was needed. While they had installed a remote camera, which you can see in this first picture, they had wires and cables running everywhere, a lack of proper lighting for videography, and no functional platform at the front of the church building. They came to us looking for church design ideas that would keep the traditional worship feel while still making the church building more functional for worship in the modern age.

Integrating Modern Technology into a Traditional Church Design

Take a look at this second photo to see what we were able to accomplish. Obviously, those cables are now hidden away. The platform at the front of the worship space is larger and the movable chairs open up the platform while giving it more flexibility. Stronger lighting improves visibility, livestreaming, and video recording of worship services.

The biggest change is in the many video screens that have been seamlessly integrated into the traditional church design. The entire front end is now one large screen, which helps the space appear larger when projecting something simple, like this skyscape. It can also be used for multimedia, or for projecting traditional images, such as stained glass, which help to enhance the traditional aspects of their church vision for ministry.

Thinking Beyond Technology with Church Building Flexibility

Flexibility is not often a priority for church leaders with a traditional church building. However, we were able to give Church of the Messiah some flexibility in the use of this church building. For example, the first three rows of pews on the main floor of the sanctuary were replaced with chairs. This allows them to expand the front space for Christmas or Easter events, and gives them additional handicap seating as needed.

Beyond the worship space itself, we integrated wheelchair access into the church design and remodeled their foyer so that it would better meet the church’s needs and vision for ministry to their community. All this was accomplished with an eye toward blending modern technology needs with a solid, traditional feel in this church building.

We showcase church building examples like this in each of our free i3 webinars, which are designed to inform and inspire you in imagining how your existing church building can be remodeled to meet today’s church vision needs for ministry in your community. We will shortly be unveiling our 2021 lineup of church design and building webinars, so stay tuned.

2020-12-01T22:18:34+00:00 December 1st, 2020|Church Building, Church Design, Vision|

Revision the Role of Your Church Building during COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has transformed many aspects of life in America, and church is one of them. While it can be tempting to focus on all the problems, God can transform anything. In this case, COVID-19 also gives churches an opportunity to break the church building status quo and evolve in order to better minister to their communities.

Understanding the Pitfalls of the Status Quo

It’s common for people to get comfortable with the way things are at church. Over time, it becomes more difficult to make changes because folks are happy with the status quo. While we can become comfortable with how we use our church building and the ministries we do in and throughout it, being comfortable is not where Christianity thrives. What’s best for a church can sometimes be very different from what attendees want.

Therefore, the COVID-19 crisis presents a golden opportunity to reevaluate and update our church vision for ministry in the community. In fact, COVID-19 has already forced most churches to do just that in order to provide a safe environment. What George Barna once said is even more relevant today: “The things that got you where you are today will not be the things you need to get you where you need to be tomorrow.”

Why You Should Revision Your Church Design

Making vision and ministry changes internally is only part of the change process. How a church building looks from the outside, or as attendees enter, can speak volumes about the vision and direction of the church. An old building with a new direction inside looks the same from the outside. Imagine that a new family comes to town and passes by an old church building. When they look at the church design, can they imagine that it has vibrant ministries for families, or does it seem to be a standard traditional church? Curb appeal, in this case, means more than healthy landscaping, a freshly sealed parking lot, and a church building that’s clearly well cared for. It’s also about getting a sense that this church building is the home of a warm and friendly community that ministers to all ages.

Bridgetown Church of Christ: Changing Up the Church Building Status Quo

Here’s an example (prior to COVID-19) that illustrates how church leaders modernizing their church vision communicated the change through a remodeled church design. Bridgetown Church of Christ was constructed in the 1970s. Driving by the church building, you wouldn’t understand that there had been a complete change. They had hired a younger staff, refocused their programs to appeal to younger people, and changed their ministry direction to reach the neighborhood. Once guests got inside the church building, these changes were evident. However, from the outside, it looked like the same old traditional church.

As you can see in these before and after photos, we transformed the exterior church design appearance to reflect their updated church vision. Now, it’s possible to see that something new and different is going on in the church. We also took the opportunity to build new restrooms, increase energy efficiency, and create warm, friendly places for people to gather. Now, the message on the outside matches the ministries going on inside.

While COVID-19 has kept many people away from church buildings, that won’t last forever. People will be back. Does your church design send the right message? If not, give us a call and let’s talk about possible changes you can make. Also stay tuned, because we’ll soon be providing details about our free i3 webinar lineup for 2021!

2020-11-24T17:51:02+00:00 November 24th, 2020|Church Building, Church Design, Vision|

Looking to the Future: Preparing for New Trends in Church Design and Building Projects

As we’ve looked back and shared stories from the first fifty years of The McKnight Group, one pretty clear lesson is that there will always be change. Naturally, church leaders wonder about what changes lie ahead. While the future is always uncertain, we can share the changes we are noticing now, and what they might indicate for the future. Hopefully, what we share today will help prepare you for your own future church building plans.

Current and Future Church Design Challenges

Some recent church design challenges we are seeing relate to zoning and environmental regulations. Once upon a time, a church building was seen as beneficial to a neighborhood; it brought up property values and people felt positive about having a church as a neighbor. Unfortunately, that has changed in recent years, with more cities and neighborhoods not wanting a church building nearby. This can lead to zoning hurdles.

We also see many more code and environmental regulations these days. Significantly higher requirements and red tape are causing building permits to become increasingly difficult and expensive to get. Fortunately for our clients, we handle the building permit process, so church leaders can focus on creating a church design that will work with their vision.

Overcoming Challenges by Being Good Neighbors

So, what can church leaders do to overcome these challenges? Our best advice is to build good relations with community leaders and your neighbors. For example, if the fire department cites code violations in your church building, don’t put off addressing them. In recent months, we’ve encountered two very different situations that illustrate the importance of good relations. In the first, church leaders wanted to make a change in their existing church building. They opened a dialog with the local building official, and The McKnight Group, describing what they wanted to do in that part of the facility. He was very cordial and appreciative, and forewarned them about code changes they’d have to follow. He even helped that project along, talking to other administrators about zoning. He paved the way.

In the other case, a church spent years neglecting what zoning officials and building officials were saying. Then, when their church design project came up for approval, it took quite a while to go through, in detail, everything that had to be done. It took several meetings, and several months, because the trust wasn’t there between the officials and church leaders. Because the church still has future church building projects planned, they had to invest a lot of time and energy in rebuilding that trust.

Being Flexible about Your Church Building

Another key way to prepare for the future is to design a flexible church building. In prior church design projects, we’ve built sanctuaries that can expand in the future by installing, and later removing, internal walls for classrooms or offices in the back of the sanctuary space. We’ve built multi-ministry spaces for churches that have morphed multiple times: phase-one worship center becomes a children’s ministry space, choir room becomes children’s ministry offices, youth gym later becomes the school gym. With the right church design, internal spaces can change to meet your evolving church vision for ministry.

Finally, some churches will include what we call “shelf space” in their church design. This is empty space within the church building envelope that isn’t finished—just a concrete or gravel floor, no walls or ceilings. That allows the space to be built out for future uses that can be determined later on. Of course, you don’t want to invest in a lot of space you can’t use, but sometimes a bit of shelf space will be the right option, and we are always happy to discuss each church’s individual needs in more detail.

As you can see, it’s important to keep up with all the changes happening in church design and building. This is why we host a series of free i3 webinars every year. We will unveil our 2021 lineup of webinars shortly, so stay tuned!

2020-11-17T20:13:09+00:00 November 17th, 2020|50th Anniversary, Church Building, Church Design|

What Will the Future Bring for Church Building in the Next Fifty Years?

This year, and especially over the past few months, we’ve been commemorating the 50th anniversary of The McKnight Group. It’s time to look to the future by considering what may occur in church design and construction in the years to come.

What COVID-19 Has Taught Us About Church Design

It’s been interesting to look at The McKnight Group’s history during a time when church leaders are confronting so many challenges to the way we worship and work in order to keep community vibrant. Fortunately, a lot of our recent church design ideas lend themselves easily to the transition to a COVID-era church. Flexible spaces and movable seating make it very easy to socially distance. Even with chairs further apart, you can still handle decent-sized numbers of people in a pretty large space.

Another distinct advantage to modern church design has been the significant increase in technological capabilities. Most of the churches we’ve worked with in recent years have already been streaming worship and other events taking place in the church building. Even for those who weren’t, it’s been easy to transition online. We are also realizing how some aspects of new church building finishes, like investing in touchless and automatic restroom fixtures, are going to become even more important in the future of church design.

Embracing Multi-Site Church Building Campuses

Another impact of COVID-19 has been an increase in the value of multi-site campus complexes. Rather than managing the logistics of one large worship gathering with thousands of people, church leaders are realizing how much more practical it can be to meet instead in four or five or six different locations, using worship centers that seat 300–500 people. Smaller venues are also more flexible—for example, allowing weddings to feel intimate and connected rather than lost in a 3000-seat worship center. This focus on multiple smaller church building spaces might go against expectations, but if there’s one thing we’ve learned in fifty years of constructing church buildings, it’s that you just can’t know what the future will hold.

What Will Future Church Building Projects Be Like?

Yes, there’s no way to predict what the future will hold. We never anticipated the impact of the Dodd-Frank Act on church building finances, or imagined that we would be living through a pandemic in our lifetime. With that in mind, we do have three suggestions for church leaders who are wanting to focus on the next fifty years.

First, place attention on communities. Ask yourself this question: if your church building ceased to exist—if it disappeared tomorrow—would your community notice? Second, plan ahead for church building maintenance. We see so many church leaders who struggle to pay the bills because they weren’t planning for larger church building expenses, like roof or HVAC-system replacements or parking lot resurfacing. Third, save money for the future, whenever possible. Your vision for ministry in your community will change over time, and you’ll need funds to remodel or replace aspects of your church building complex to meet those future needs.

In our next article, as we look to the future, we’ll make some suggestions for how churches can prepare for change, even if you can’t predict what that change will be.

2020-11-10T20:43:46+00:00 November 10th, 2020|Church Building, Church Design|

Our Fifty-Year Church Building History Podcast Concludes with Stories from Some Long-Time Employees

The year 2020 has been memorable for many reasons. 2020 has been especially important to The McKnight Group because it marks our fiftieth year in the church design and building business. We’ve told our history through our podcast series, which appropriately concludes with the thoughts and memories of our long-time employees. This group of people, all of whom have worked with us between 12 and 44 years, sat down to discuss what working with The McKnight Group has meant to them. We’ll introduce them here with a little about how they came to work with us. (To hear all their memories and stories, you’ll need to listen to the podcast!)

Jennifer L. Snider, Interior Designer

Jennifer has worked with The McKnight group for 16 years. After earning a degree in interior design, she worked in the office design industry. However, after several years, she began questioning the value of her work and discerning a call to a ministry of some sort. A friend of hers told her about The McKnight Group, but she didn’t follow up. Then she saw an ad in the paper for an interior design assistant at The McKnight Group. This time she made the call and began working with us in August 2004.

Diane Anderson, Administrative Assistant

Diane’s a 12-year veteran of our company. She also saw an ad in the paper after moving to the area. She had been working as the assistant to the development director at a Christian school in California for nine years. The ad was for an administrative assistant position in marketing, which fit her perfectly.

Dale Turner, Senior Project Coordinator

Joining The McKnight Group 22 years ago, Dale worked for the church he and his wife attended as a business administrator. The church was looking to expand, and The McKnight Group was called in to do a church building presentation. (Homer McKnight, our founder, used a carousel slide projector—remember those?) We got the job and Dale worked with us through the church building process. Then, when he was ready for a career change a few years later, he gave us a call and we had an opening.

Mark Hall, Warranty Coordinator

Mark learned about The McKnight Group 18 years ago by chance. Mark’s parents were holding a garage sale and their neighbor came over to browse. The neighbor overheard Mark grumbling about his current work situation and asked him what he did. He then informed Mark that The McKnight Group was hiring, and he should interview for a job. He did, and we hired him.

Jeff Hutchison, Project Architect

Jeff joined us 31 years ago. He had a position with another architecture firm, but the primary architect there passed away and Jeff needed to find another position. As a Christian, he decided to use the Blue Pages (which is a “Directory of Companies Rated by Their Politics and Practices”) and found The McKnight Group. Since we specialize in church design, he knew it would be a good fit. Not only that, we had just sent in a hiring ad that same day! (Perhaps another indicator of God at work!) Jeff was the top candidate and got the job.

Dan Doyle, Superintendent

The last name on this list, and also the one with the longest tenure, 44-years, Dan was a subcontractor doing carpentry work with us. He had a sense that the company he worked for wasn’t going to thrive. We approached him, asked if he wanted to join The McKnight Group, and he’s been with us ever since.

These dedicated employees, as you can see, have taken a number of roads to our doors, and have stayed with us through the changes and challenges of our first fifty years. To hear their complete stories, be sure to listen to our podcast.

2020-11-03T18:19:00+00:00 November 3rd, 2020|50th Anniversary, Church Building, Church Design|