Preparing to Build

       A Guide to Church Construction  

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A comprehensive guide to preparing for a church building program.
Written by an experienced church building consultant, this book is a 'must read' for any church that is interested in knowing how to build a church.

Preparing to Build will help your church...

  Understand practical guidelines for church construction.

  Understand the proper steps in a church building program.

  Understand what the church can reasonable expect to borrow.

  Describe how to develop a preliminary church construction budget.

  Understand what to expect from a church capital campaign.

  Understand how to evaluate architects and builders.

  Understand various church financing options.

  Avoid common mistakes and pitfalls in church design & construction.

  Understand various methods of contracting for construction.

  Determine your readiness to build through the included assessment.

One of life's most painful moments comes when we must admit that we didn't do our homework, that we are not prepared. ~ Merlin Olsen

As a result your church will...

 Save money in church design & construction.

  Reduce the amount of time & effort you will have to invest.

  Reduce the amount of the stress and worry.

  Reduce uncertainty of what to build and why.

 Properly equip your building or long range planning committee.

 Be more satisfied with the outcome of the building program.

An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.
~ Ben Franklin

Topics Covered (partial list)

 The role of vision and mission in a church building program.

 Determining project feasibility.

 Ascertaining needs and separating them from wants.

 Financial preparedness.

 Financing church construction.

 Raising money to build - the church capital campaign.

 Things to consider when searching for a church architect.

 Church construction contracting methodologies.

 Church design & construction guidelines.

 Church construction contracting methodologies.

 Church construction contracting methodologies.

 Church construction contracting methodologies.





Preparing to Build

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Church Building Guidelines

"Through wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established... For by wise counsel you will wage your own war, and in a multitude of counselors there is safety."

Proverbs 24:3,6

"If the ax is dull, and one does not sharpen the edge, then he must use more strength; but wisdom brings success.

Ecclesiastes 10:10

"Give me six hours to chop down a tree, and I will spend the first four hours sharpening the axe."

Abraham Lincoln

"The general who wins the battle makes many calculations in his temple before the battle is fought. The general who loses makes but few calculations beforehand."

Sun Tzu

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