Understanding Needs and Feasibility
The Critical First Steps in Church Design and Construction
There is No Right Way to Build the Wrong Thing
It is most likely your church will never undertake a task that is more demanding or complicated in terms of cost, risk, and effort, than it will in a church building program.
Following a proper process will ensure your church builds the right solution and makes the best and highest use of its limited money, time, and manpower resources.
Most churches start the process of building improperly due to lack of experience.
Very seldom are the people leading the building program really equipped by either training or experience to lead the church through a building program in an optimum fashion. This lack of experience leads to huge gaps in knowledge. Gaps in knowledge cost the church time and money, and will lead to costly planning and execution mistakes.
Get The Answers You Need
While no two churches have all the same answers to the question, there are general questions almost every church needs answered in an impartial and objective manner:
- Do we need to build, and why is building the right thing to do?
- Why is the selected church floor plan the right plan for this church?
- What do we need to build, and how was this determined from our needs?
- What can we afford to build, and how will we pay for the building program?
- When is the right time to build with consideration to need and financial ability?
- Where do we need to build, and why is that the right decision?
In other words, the church’s needs and feasibility study will answer the question of “how do we know what we need to build?”
If you have read Insights on Achieving a Positive Church Construction Experience, you already know a few specific benefits to the church from a feasibility study; the bottom line being that churches which did feasibility studies tended to have better outcomes. When you are talking about projects that are commonly in the $750,000 to $2.5M price range, a better outcome is not only of great importance, it has a very real and substantial dollar value.
Benefits of a Needs and Feasibility Study
- Determines Financial Feasibility
- Validates If Land Will Support The Vision
- Develops Clear Vision and Actionable Plan
- Builds Concensus
- Sets Realistic Expectations
- Helps Avoid Expensive Mistakes
- Uncovers Potential Issues
- Improves Church’s Satisfaction With Finished Project
- Provides a Space Plan To Drive Design Process
- Improves Financial Support
We Provide Options
Depending on where your church is in the process, we provide options. Regardless of where you are in the planning process, we can help!
If your church is just beginning to contemplate a church building program and needs to verify preparedness and ability to enter into a building program and develop a strategy for moving forward, we can help.
If your church is ready to develop an in-depth understanding of ministry needs, space requirements, land requirements, and financial ability that will properly prepare it for design, fundraising, financing, and construction, we can help.