A Church Needs & Feasibility Study – Why It’s Vital
Becoming Prepared to Build – The First Step
The church needs and feasibility study will objectively ask and answer the right questions in order to determine the most appropriate church building solution that, within the actual financial ability of the church, best meets the needs of the ministry, the congregation, and the community.
Do we need to build, and if so, why?
- Objectively understand if building really is the right answer.
- Clearly articulate why this is the right answer and a better answer than other options.
- Suitable for new construction as well as repurposing existing or purchased facilities.
If we need to build, what do we need to build to best meet the needs and vision of the church, now and into the foreseeable future?
- A church building or repurposing plan should revolve around a ministry plan.
- It should identify a quantifiable need and demonstrate how the plan meets the need.
- It should look beyond the current need and anticipate future needs.
What can we afford to build, and how will we pay for it?
- Objective financial analysis and future projection.
- Quantify the three or sometimes four factors that comprise church construction budget.
- The initial church construction budget is based on what the church can afford, not the cost of what someone wants to build.
Where should we build, and why is that the right answer?
- Where on the property should the church build?
- Is the church vision possible or financially practical on the existing or proposed parcel?
- Will the church purchase adjacent land or possibly relocate?
Given our financial situation, when will we be able to build?
- This will set the pace for other steps.
- Sets realistic expectations.
Why? – What? – How? – Where? – When?
All Very Good Things to Know!
Critical Information for Later Steps
A proper and complete understanding of the church’s needs and feasibility is the critical first step.
The church needs & feasibility study provides a mission-focused and fact-based framework which will objectively quantify the information necessary for:
- A successful capital campaign
- By providing key elements of the case for support.
- By fostering intellectual, emotional, and spiritual support that translate into increased financial support.
- The church construction budget, a critical factor in the design process.
- Timing of the steps that follow.
- Architectural & Engineering
- Provides the space requirements plan molded around a ministry plan and budget.
- Prioritizes space needs.
- Serves as the basis for a master plan.
- Developing consensus and support
- At the leadership level.
- Within the body.
- Will help focus the church body on the mission and vision.
If you don’t get this initial step correct, your entire church building process will be compromised; after all, there is no right way to build the wrong thing!
We Can Help
An experienced church construction consultant will ensure your church correctly navigates this first and crucial first step.
“The result of planning should be effective, efficient, and economical…that is, suitable for the intended purpose, capable of producing the desired results, and involving the least investment of resources.” Clark Crouch – Poet & Author
Your church consultant will provide the proper process, experience, and objectivity to ensure you ask and answer all the right questions. Properly done, this process will not only provide the information you need to optimize the outcome but will help clarify the vision and timing while increasing congregational support, unity, and enthusiasm.
This process will transport your church from “We think” and “We hope” to that of, “We know that we know what to do, why that is the right thing to do, what we can afford, and how to pay for it.”
“It’s better to look ahead and prepare than to look back and regret.” Jackie Joyner