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  • Glen R. Trematore

Why Many Church Building Plans Don’t Get Built

A primary reason many church plans are never constructed is because a proper development process specific to real estate combined with attributes unique to churches is not followed. Church pastors and leaders are great at vision casting and creating excitement around a vision. This vision is then taken to a design firm, with not enough attention paid to cost or the church’s financial ability. Cost-effective design, where function has equal parity with form, is often not properly prioritized. Millions of dollars are spent each year by churches on plans that never get built.

"Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Will he not first sit down and estimate the cost to see if he has enough money to complete it? For if he lays the foundation and is not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule him, saying, 'This fellow began to build and was not able to finish."

Luke 14: 28-30

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