If we are talking with hundreds of churches in building programs allow a church building consultant to develop a single view; to realize the wisdom in Ecclesiastes when the author says, “there is nothing new under the sun. “While each church challenges may seem unique to them, the reality is that most churches are facing changes of the same challenges; and many do the same general mistakes simply because they do not know better.
Mistake # 1 – Failure Count the cost
Before the churches on long island decide what they want or need, we must first determine what it can afford. A construction program has two very real physical limits on the program: the amount of land and the amount of money available for a church. By far the most common mistake in the construction program is a church goes into the design of a building without objectively understand their needs and without a firm budget.
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Before you start planning, you have to know what you can afford and how you will pay for it. The number of churches that find themselves with a set of plans million without any idea what the monthly payment would be or how they would pay for it will surprise you. In my experience at least 4 out of 5 churches begin with the plans of an architect that substantially exceeds their financial capacity.
This is not only a waste of time, effort and money, but may erode the confidence and enthusiasm of the congregation in the construction program. This is a serious and pervasive problem with churches in building programs today.
Mistake # 2 – Contracting Issues
When considering a construction program, many churches are one of their first priorities to retain the services of an architect, design/construction company or contractor. This may not be the best, as the most important church often has homework to do before taking that step. When the church makes the contract for these services, the full scope of the contract is too broad, too vague and included too often church members did not really need