Church Design

Four Important Steps to Prepare for Selecting Church Building Interior Finishes

One of the more daunting tasks during the church design process is determining what the interior finishes of your church building will be.  It’s not something church leaders can jump right into. There are so many options and decisions to be made, like the color and types of flooring, fixtures and furniture, paint and wall coverings, to name a few. It may be difficult to know where to start, but here are four steps to help make certain that all of your interior finishes will support your vision for ministry and make your building attractive to those you want to reach.

Step 1: Define Your Church Vision

This step may not seem obvious, but it’s critically important. In fact, we write frequently about the importance of having a church vision for your church design process. Who are you trying to reach? What are your ministries? What do you want to convey as people are entering the space? Your interior finishes are more than just carpet and paint on the walls. It’s about the impression you give to people who walk in the doors. Having clarity on these questions, your finishes, and overall design will align with the objectives of your ministry.

Step 2: Assemble the Right Interior Design Team

As your vision is finalized, it’s time to get your team in place. The interior design team will likely be a sub-group of the construction team. A smaller group will help make decisions easier to complete. You want people who understand both (1) your vision for ministry and (2) that it’s not about their personal needs, desires, or preferences. You want people who can focus on what you’re trying to accomplish. It can be helpful to include some that have some experience or background with interior design or a related trade, but it is not necessary if you are partnered with professionals. Once the team is determined, they should visit other area churches, and even local retail and restaurant locations to understand what people in the area are accustomed to seeing. You know the community but look at the spaces in new ways to see the details. Take pictures of the things you would like to consider including in your design. Doing so will help the final interior finish selections fit into the overall style of the community.  

Step 3: Engage Church Design Professionals

If you’re constructing a new church building or doing major architectural renovations, you should already be engaging with church design professionals who can provide wisdom and resources on interior design. The McKnight Group includes this help for all our clients. This is also an important step for smaller projects. While it may seem like enough to have a church member on your design team who’s recently remodeled their home, or even one who has some commercial experience, they won’t necessarily know the nuances of selecting all of the finishes for your church.

Step 4: Consider Your Church Building Budget

Finally (and yes, these steps are somewhat integrated timewise), you will need to be clear about what your church building budget will allow before you begin choosing interior finishes. Again, if your interior design project is part of a broader church building package, that master plan will most likely already include a budget for interior finishes. If not, then you’ll need to pay careful attention to what you can afford as you begin to discuss what you would like in terms of finishes.

Once these four steps are completed, it will be time to actually do the selecting. But by having done the groundwork we’ve outlined; the task should be much less daunting. For other tips on church design and church building, feel free to visit the webpage for our webinars and sign up for our next free i3 webinar.

2021-05-11T18:14:02+00:00 May 11th, 2021|Church Building, Church Design, Interior Design|

Additional Church Design Options for Safer Environments

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed how we all think about public spaces. Church buildings are no exception. Church designs must now incorporate ways to make attendees feel safe. We previously addressed touchless design elements. Here are some other ways you can make your church building safer.

Church Building Signage

One of the best ways to communicate safely with both attendees and guests is with clear and abundant signage. When people are trying to keep six feet of distance between others, it’s harder to have conversations about where to find the restroom or which direction takes you to the children’s wing. Wayfinding signs, both outside and inside your church building will make it easier, even when social distancing requirements are no longer a big concern. 

Automatic Bottle Fillers

We’re all used to finding drinking fountains outside restrooms and in other convenient locations of a church building. Unfortunately, the pandemic has made surfaces many people touch risky and most churches have shut off their drinking fountains. We’ve also recently seen a rise in reusable water bottles for environmental (and safety) reasons. Therefore, we suggest that church leaders might want to install automatic bottle fillers in place of, or alongside, drinking fountains. That way you can provide a public water source with a low risk of cross-contamination.

Church Design Options for Social Distancing

One big question, of course, is how to bring people together for worship or Christian education under social distancing protocols. If your church design includes pews, you’ll want to rope off certain rows and mark six-feet distances between seats. If you have chairs, you can space them appropriately, individually and in small groups, so that people who aren’t family can stay six feet apart from each other and still worship and learn together.

Of course, this means downsizing the number of people who can safely fit into those spaces. Smaller classrooms may not be feasible, so you may need to move classes and meetings into larger spaces. Some churches are only allowing a certain percentage of people into a room—say, 25% or 33% of what the space originally held—and spacing the chairs accordingly. Of course, this means that if you used to have 100 people in a space, there can only be 25 or 33 people present now.

Another option considered by some church leaders is asking local authorities to come in and determine how many people can safely gather. Here the concern is that once you give that power away to the authorities, it’s hard to know when they will give it back to you again. So, it may be better to come up with your own plan.

Remember, of course, that in at least some seasons, outdoor spaces are also an option, especially for fellowship gatherings. Now might be an excellent time to spruce up your patio with some landscaping and attractive seating areas that can allow people to connect more comfortably outside in nice weather.

In our next article, we will highlight some concepts on ways to use your church building for ministry that have become popular during COVID-19. Meanwhile, you can learn the latest church design and building tips by signing up for our next free i3 webinars.

2021-04-13T19:48:33+00:00 April 13th, 2021|Church Building, Church Design|

Address Safety Concerns with Touchless Church Design Components

COVID-19, most likely, has forever changed the landscape when it comes to safety in public areas. Whether taking precautions to stem the spread of the virus now or to prevent future health issues, church leaders will want to consider incorporating new safety measures in their church buildings. One course of action is the use of touchless safety elements. Here are some that make sense in a future church design, or to retrofit an existing church building to make it safer for attendees and guests.

Dealing with Doors in Your Church Building

There are plenty of doors in any church building, and for safety’s sake, having a way for people to avoid touching their handles is a good idea. Automatic sliding glass doors in supermarkets and other retail stores are a common sight. The good news is that you too can integrate touchless door options into your church building. If you’re starting from scratch, you can include automatic doors with sensors in your church design right from the start. If you’re seeking to retrofit an existing church building, there are automatic door openers that can be installed on existing doors.

Another area of a church building where doors can be a health and safety concern are restrooms because this is one place where people often pay special attention to cleanliness. Avoiding a door handle after washing one’s hands in a restroom has become a more common practice now due to COVID-19. One option is to make certain that your restroom doors swing out from the restrooms, allowing people to push with their shoulder or elbow rather than touch a door handle. If you have the space or are in the design stage of your project, you can also eliminate the doors altogether and simply include sight-blocking walls in your church design.

Incorporating Touchless Features in Your Church Design

Staying with the restroom for a moment, this is another area where further touchless features can go a long way to make people feel more comfortable and safer in your church building. Touchless sinks and urinals are all proven and available technology that you can integrate into your church design or install in a retrofit of your church building.

Among other touchless items that can be used in restrooms and throughout the church are occupancy sensors. These are now required by code in many areas, especially for classrooms and offices, so we frequently incorporate them in our newer church design schematics. These sensors shut off the lights if there’s no movement in the room over a certain period of time. Such sensors can be programmed to turn lights on when they sense movement in the room, which means no one has to touch a light switch at any time.

Bringing Fresh Air and Good Light into Your Church Building

Another safety element you can integrate or retrofit is good light and ventilation. We mentioned the use of UVC lights in HVAC systems to kill viruses and germs, and natural light can have the same effect. Therefore, we encourage church leaders to incorporate good natural light in areas like the church foyer. In addition to making the space feel warm and inviting, it can support a healthier environment. You can also run your HVAC system just before you know people are going to gather for worship and reassure people that they will breathe fresh, or freshly cleaned, air in your church building.

While the coronavirus has made everyone more concerned about health and safety, we have ways to help. In our next article, we will look at safe ways to create space between people. Meanwhile, you can learn the latest by signing up for our upcoming free i3 webinars.

2021-04-06T20:47:42+00:00 April 6th, 2021|Church Building, Church Design|

Helpful Safety Tools to Prepare Your Church Building

There’s no question that COVID-19 impacted every church in the country, to a greater or lesser extent. Church leaders have had difficult conversations and made hard decisions in light of governmental mandates, people’s fears, and the evolving social reality of the pandemic. Regardless of how you personally feel about the coronavirus or the politics surrounding it, you will be dealing with how others feel about it, now and in the future. One way to address this is to make sure that your church building is equipped with the latest tools that can help people feel safer about coming back to worship.

The Return of Crowds to Your Church Building

Naturally, there’s some debate about how much people are going to want to be part of a crowd. During this time of mostly online worship, we’ve noticed two growing groups among attendees. The first are the people who have made the decision to go deeper in their faith during this time, and the second are the people who have, at least for now, left the church altogether.

As we look forward to a time when life will get back to something like “normal” and our church crowds can regather, it’s important to think about how you can make your church building more inviting to both of those groups.

Tools to Keep People Safe in Your Church Building

We’ve all seen the portable hand sanitizer stations that have popped up everywhere over the past year. These are relatively easy to purchase and install, and a pretty simple tool that everyone understands. However, there are a couple more tools that you may want to consider including in your church building.

The first are Ultraviolet C lights, or UVC lights. These tools emit light on a part of the spectrum that can kill viruses, including COVID-19. When these lights are turned on in a room, they kill viruses and germs on surfaces that the light reaches directly. However, people should not be exposed to these lights for long periods of time, so they need to be placed in a room, turned on, and then left alone to do their work.

Another place where UVC lights are proving very helpful is in removing viruses from the air in your church building. By retrofitting HVAC systems with UVC lights, you can ensure that all the air circulating through your church building is regularly sanitized.

Finally, another option is installing antimicrobial surfaces. This is frequently done in some areas of hospitals. If you have counters in the public areas of your church building where you’re very worried about germs collecting and spreading, you can consider installing a copper or silver coating on those counters.

The Cost of These Safety Tools

Of course, each of these tools comes with a different level of cost. Mobile hand sanitizing stations are relatively inexpensive and easy to install. UVC lights are more expensive, and you will need to figure in the labor cost to retrofit your HVAC system, as well. Copper and silver countertops are obviously very expensive, so you will need to “count the cost.” The question is what you can reasonably fit within your church budget, balanced against how many more guests or attendees might be willing to enter your church building once you explain how you are using these tools to keep the crowd safe.

In our next post, we will take a closer look at how the pandemic has impacted elements of church design. Meanwhile, to get our latest wisdom on church design and building projects, sign up today for our forthcoming free i3 webinars.

2021-03-23T20:28:51+00:00 March 23rd, 2021|Church Building, Church Design|

Answering Your Questions About Getting a Church Building Project Started

It’s time once again to share answers to questions church leaders asked in one of our free i3 church design webinars. These questions were received during our recent i3 webinar on the principles of a successful church building project.

While a good reason to attend our i3 webinars is the opportunity to ask questions about your particular church building situation, if you missed one, you could always have questions addressed through this link on our website.

Here are our responses to those recent questions.

Question 1: What is the average cost and timeframe for a feasibility study?

A feasibility study is a one-time answer to a specific question. We perform the study, complete the drawing or the report, and that’s all. Typically, such a study centers around a question like, “Should we stay, or should we move?” or “Should we buy property A, or B, or C, or D?”

The timeframe for such a study is anywhere from one month to three months and the cost can vary widely, depending on the amount of work involved. If the feasibility study involves comparing two properties, for example, that’s obviously half the work than if we’re studying four different properties. Therefore, the cost for a feasibility study could range, usually, anywhere from $2,500 for a simple, straightforward study, to up to $10,000, for a more complex feasibility study with full-blown designs on multiple properties.

Question 2: What’s the difference between a church building feasibility study and a full-blown church design?

When you want a full church design that will meet the needs of your church vision, that’s more than a feasibility study. The process includes multiple meetings. We will bring in a design and explain it to you, allow time for comments and feedback, then we go back and revise the church design. We often go through that process three or four times before it’s perfect. So, the full-blown design process is typically more in the range of $10,000 to $20,000, depending on the amount of work. The timeframe for a full-blown church design process is typically three to six months.

Question 3: What is the cost for an initial conversation about a potential church building project?

The answer to this question depends on where you’re located. If you’re situated in the Midwest, or someplace that’s easy for us to get to, it’s possible that we can have our initial conversation at no cost to you. If it’s a more difficult location or too far away from our home base and the expenses are a little higher, we may ask for you to reimburse us for travel expenses only.

The reason we try to minimize costs for that initial conversation is that we want to come talk with you, right up front, and do a walkthrough of your existing church building, or a property that you’re thinking about buying. That one-time visit includes a presentation to your church board or your building committee to help explain typical church building projects, how we work, and how the process might flow. It gives you a chance to get to know us and us a chance to learn about how a new church design or church building remodeling project can support your church vision for ministry.

As you can see, we’re happy to answer questions anytime about our church design and building process. To learn more about church design and church building, sign up here for one of our forthcoming free i3 webinars or contact us directly with your questions.

2021-03-19T15:23:49+00:00 March 18th, 2021|Church Building, Church Design|

Prioritizing Integrity and Ministry in Your Church Building Project

As a church leader, you likely recognize that your church is more than a building. And if you’re planning a church building project, it’s important to also acknowledge that the project’s success goes beyond architecture, materials, or construction. It’s essential that the building process is executed with integrity, and that the new or remodeled church building supports your vision for ministry.

People over projects

When you take on a church construction project, you are essentially hiring dozens of employees—if not more—to work for your church, people that become part of your team for months, a year, or even longer. These individuals, who may be local neighbors, will be learning firsthand what your church is all about. How they are treated and how your leaders, staff and attendees interact with them impacts whether they perceive you as people of integrity. In the past, we’ve seen clients go above and beyond to support these workers by offering free lunch, celebrating project milestones, or simply thanking them and acknowledging their hard work. This provides fellowship and an opportunity to both witness to them and invite them into what God is doing in and through your church.  

Handling challenges with integrity

In almost any church building project, challenges arise. How you and your team handle obstacles in the midst of complex construction processes reflects the mission of your church and its values. Maintaining a Christian attitude, even in stressful situations, is always worth it and an ingredient for project success. While you may need to be firm with workers or other executors of your church building plan, never sacrifice your Christian integrity, especially when collaborating with someone you are trying to reach.  

More than a building

Finally, we like to remind our clients that buildings never replace ministry. Will a shiny new building attract new people to your church? Most likely, yes. But, long-term, a building itself will not retain people. In fact, the opening day of your new or newly remodeled building is not the finish line, it’s just the beginning! Churches that engage in successful church building projects, rather than pouring all their resources into the bells and whistles of a state-of-the-art facility, often smartly reserve resources for the ministries that will take place in the facility upon its completion.

Outreach opportunity

While the church construction process may feel like a distraction from your church’s core mission, we encourage you to see it as an opportunity to further its reach and impact. When church leaders lead with integrity and prioritize their ministries throughout every step of the project, the heart of the church becomes known to those who may not yet attend.

To hear more success stories and gain additional tips on church building projects, we invite you to participate in one or more of our i3 webinars. Our goal is to help you make the right decisions and further your church’s ministry, and we have selected topics that we believe will help you better serve your church and your community through church design and construction.

2021-03-09T22:00:16+00:00 March 9th, 2021|Church Building, Church Design|

Why a Ballpark Cost by Square Foot for Your Church Design Isn’t Good Enough

Cost per square foot is a measure sometimes used in building construction. It can be helpful to give folks a “ballpark” idea or “guesstimate” of how much a building project might cost, but there are several reasons why you don’t want to strongly rely on ballpark budgets, when it comes to a church building project. The following are three elements that can greatly impact the cost per square foot, and that can also make a big difference in the quality and functionality of your finished church design.

Level of Service

You might hear a contractor tell you that they can design and construct your church building for $100 per square foot. This might sound like a good number, but what does it get you? This number is just for the building and does not include other project cost that make up a complete project budget. Will there be additional costs for multiple design meetings, or revisions to the initial church design drawings? Sometimes it takes a few revisions to incorporate every element of your church vision in a workable fashion, and costs can quickly add up if you’re having to pay for each revision to your church design schematics.

There’s also the question of construction supervision once the church building process is underway. Will you have a superintendent on the job site, eight hours a day, every day, or will that person be overseeing multiple projects at one time? If they’re not dedicated to your church building project, you might only see them every other day or maybe just for a few hours per day, which could lead to problems and delays if the crew can’t get problems addressed in a timely fashion.

Level of Church Building Experience

Another issue to keep in mind with ballpark cost figures is the level of experience you would get with a lower offer. There are many types of buildings, and different specialists to handle each type. Imagine that you were charged with building a new hospital. Would you hire a residential contractor to design and build that hospital? Hopefully not! Hospitals have unique requirements and specific design needs, which residential construction teams know nothing about.

When it comes to church design, it is critical to hire a firm that understands ministry. If they can’t understand your church vision for reaching out to your community, they will have no idea how your church building can help, or hinder, that process.

Level of Church Design Quality

Finally, it’s key to understand what quality of products you would receive with any square foot budget. Would your church building be move-in ready, or will there be additional costs for the audiovisual wiring and production room you’ll need for livestreaming worship? Have they included the cost of quality professional finishes (from flooring and furniture to café and kitchen furnishings) that a busy and high-traffic church building needs?  Does the HVAC equipment have an expected life span of 5 years, 10 years or 20 years?

Our goal here isn’t to frighten you, but to educate you. We’ve heard stories about church leaders that have struggled because they accepted lower cost estimates and didn’t get a church building that could really support their vision for ministry. This is why we share so many free i3 webinars each year—to keep you informed on how to end up with the church design you need. To learn more, sign up for our upcoming webinars today.

2021-03-02T21:27:11+00:00 March 2nd, 2021|Budgeting, Church Building, Church Design|

Why an Early Partnership with Church Building Professionals Makes All the Difference

Church leaders working within limited timelines and with limited resources may be tempted to “go it alone” when it comes to church design tasks or church building projects. However, to ensure that your ministry is fully understood, and your goals are fully achieved, we always recommend involving professionals as early on as possible in the process. Whether it’s The McKnight Group or another church design specialist, we truly believe that having a partner that cares about your God-given mission, stewards your resources well, and has vast church construction experience can make all the difference. Here’s why.

It’s Never Too Early to Call in Professionals

As experienced designers, architects and church construction staff who are involved in and committed to our own churches, our goal is to understand you, your ministry, and what God has called you to do on a deep and personal level. In fact, church building projects begin well before any drawings are created. Sometimes churches feel that they must have it all figured out before connecting with professionals. But we want to help you strategize your project from the beginning and work together to get you to your optimal final destination. Church design and construction is a journey, and you may not know exactly what you need right off the bat.

Decisions, Decisions

Church building projects involve many decisions, some of which may have a major impact on your congregation and its mission. Should we relocate or stay where we are? Should we choose this property or that one? Should we remodel an existing building or design a new structure? These are not decisions you need to make blindly, or alone. We can help you analyze your options to make educated decisions that align with your church’s calling. Our team is experienced in creating comparative drawings for properties or structures. We can help forecast zoning and utility needs, as well as the costs of multiple options. And we can offer advice based on the challenges and successes of other church design projects with which we’ve been involved.

Is It Feasible?

Another reason to involve a professional early in a church build or remodel is the opportunity to perform a feasibility study. Often, we recommend feasibility studies to help a church decide if it should stay in its current location or relocate. Whether you’re weighing the pros and cons of two properties or four, we can provide data, as well as design concepts, to help you make the best decision for your church right from the start.

Don’t Forget the Sprinklers

While it may seem like a miniscule detail, we use sprinkler systems as an example of why early collaboration with professional church builders and designers is so important. If you’re looking at a facility and it doesn’t have access to public water, or doesn’t already have a sprinkler system installed, it’s likely out of compliance with state and/or local zoning law. Right from the start, you’d face a significant cost that could bury a project before it gets off the ground. That’s just one really good reason to call us early!

Even if you are in the beginning stages of a church building project, don’t be afraid to reach out to our experienced professionals for help. It’s never too soon to collect information and begin to plan for the future. Another way to learn about the process and get help is through our i3 webinar series. We invite you to participate in these topical conversations and look forward to supporting your church in its next building, design, or remodel project.

2021-02-23T18:42:33+00:00 February 23rd, 2021|Church Building, Church Design|

How Do You Make Stewardship a Priority with Your Church Design?

There’s some balancing to consider with a new church design or church building remodeling project. While you want your church building to be attractive to guests and to meet the needs of worshippers, you also need to keep your project within reasonable budgeting parameters. The key to maintaining the necessary balance is understanding one of the principles of a solid church design: good stewardship.

One Example of Good Church Building Stewardship

Sometimes the easiest way to understand a principle is with a good example, so let’s begin there. If you’re working on a new church design, you’ll want to maximize the available and usable space within the walls of your new church building. But once you’ve maximized that space, you also need to make sure that every inch of that usable floor space is covered appropriately, with the best materials you can afford within your budget.

Why the best materials? Good stewardship includes the best use of resources. If you’ve ever carpeted your home, you know that there can be a wide range of costs associated with carpeting, depending on the quality and durability of the materials you choose. The same is true in a professional setting and given the large number of people walking on your church building carpets every Sunday, high-quality, professional grade carpets are worth the investment. You might decide good stewardship also means saving money, and be tempted to choose a cheaper option, but if you have to pay to replace all the carpeting every three years, have you really saved any money?

Incorporating Good Stewardship into Your Church Design

Here’s another example: your church building HVAC system. These also come in a range of options with differing cost points. If you invest up front in a more expensive and durable HVAC system, it might last you 20 or 30 years. However, if you purchase a cheaper system, it might not be as efficient, and you might find yourself having to replace it after five or six years. Add in inflation, and it could mean the cost saving now will be offset by installing several systems over 30 years.

Honoring God as an Element of Stewardship

As we’ve talked about before, your church vision will also drive the church design decisions you make. While you want to honor God with your church building, you also need to consider who you’re trying to reach for Him. What is appropriate, in terms of how fancy your church building will be? What church design is going to appeal to the guests you want to attract? You want to make a wise choice on where you spend your resources, especially when items can be expensive.  Stained glass, café’s, children’s theming, technology can be pricy features in your facility so you want to make sure they will help you connect with the people you are trying to reach and not just assume these items are what every church needs.  How can you make the most of your resources so that your church building can be the best tool for your ministries?

As you can see, making the right stewardship choices is not always simple. This is why we share updated free i3 webinars every year. These webinars give you the latest information that can guide you in making the best church design decisions for your particular situation. We encourage you to sign up today for our next i3 webinar.

2021-02-16T21:21:53+00:00 February 16th, 2021|Church Building, Church Design|

How to Make Facility Decisions in Today’s Age

Making a decision about a church building in today’s world may be the last thing any church leader wants to do. But perhaps before the lockdown, restrictions, riots, and elections, a plan to consider expanding or remodeling your church building was beginning to form, or even had come together. Yes, the last 12 months probably pushed church design ideas to the background. But now, with a hope for the end of restrictions in the next 12 months, or maybe sooner, it’s time to consider those facility needs once more. Let us help you by giving some direction on what needs to be considered in today’s age.

Now Is the Time

Why should you think about facilities with everything else going on in our country today? Well, it can be a long stretch between your first conversation about needing a church building, remodel, or expansion, and the day you dedicate that facility. There are many necessary steps: developing a vision, drafting an appropriate church design, getting everyone in your church on board with the idea, raising funds for the building, securing a loan for the difference between the budget and your cash on hand, obtaining the various permits necessary, carrying out the construction project itself, and then finishing it in style by addressing everything from carpeting and furniture to the landscaping.

It’s very common for this whole process to take a few years. If you wait to see where things are then, you might find yourself in a situation that will make your church’s ministry coming into the new age more difficult.

Where to Start

The first thing you should do now is reassess your facility need. If your building was outdated and you were thinking of remodeling it, that need is still real. If your facility had infrastructure issues, HVAC, window replacement, roof replacement, and alike, those will still be there for you to deal with. If you put projects like these on hold, it’s time to proceed with them again.

Oh, and if you were out of space before, you will likely still be out of space and won’t have the room to carry out your ministry. In this case, it’s a no-brainer that you should be moving forward. Of course, this decision might be more difficult for churches who have seen half their congregation go online. How do you assess what to do?

What to Compare?

One thing the pandemic lockdowns have disrupted is data for comparison. Many churches won’t want to compare their 2019 attendance numbers with their 2020 ones. Some churches’ offerings have increased, while others have decreased since the pandemic began. The point is data comparison of attendance and finances will not provide much help in making decisions for the next few years.

But can you wait two more years to start planning? Buildings are expensive these days, so you do not want to delay if you don’t have to. You also do not want to take on a major project if you don’t have to, either.

How Can Decisions Be Made Easier?

First, make sure you have unity within your leadership for the mission and vision of your church. Everyone should have a realistic view of the post-pandemic world.

Like it or not, we have had some major shifts to the world we live in. The mission shouldn’t change, but the experiences of the past year and the outlook for the future may have you adjusting your vision. Make sure your leaders are unified with these new thoughts. When you have mission and vision in place, the goals and strategies will come out of that. This is where you can identify facility needs.

Faith has always been important but will be even more so in making these decisions. It is clear that people have opinions, and in today’s world they divide us more than ever. Even with a clear vision and unity of direction, you need to be prepared for conflict no matter what path you choose, and faith will help resolve it.

Next, decide how urgent your facility needs are. Is it a long term need or an urgent one? Realize that the planning process will take time, so even long-term needs require addressing well in advance.

Following a Process Leads to Peace of Mind

Once you’ve followed this process and make a decision to move forward, you can feel at peace knowing you have acted in faith. It is not blind faith, but action made given the facts, so you know you’ve made the best decision for your church. Taking action now could provide a great leg up coming out of the pandemic to reach your local community in ways you couldn’t imagine.

2021-02-09T19:27:12+00:00 February 9th, 2021|Church Building, Church Design|