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1 Understanding Needs & Feasibility Because there is no right way to build the wrong thing Presented by: Stephen Anderson Church Development Services Church Building & Stewardship Consultant Author of Preparing to Build & Abundant Giving

2 Needs & Feasibility Explanation Explanation – What is a Needs & Feasibility Study? Goals Goals – What’s the Target? Benefits Benefits – What’s in it for Your Church?

3 What Is A Needs & Feasibility Study? The Needs Component The Needs Component If you need to build, and why. If you need to build, and why. What you need to build, and why. What you need to build, and why. When you need to build. When you need to build. The Feasibility Component The Feasibility Component What can you afford to build, and how will you pay for it. What can you afford to build, and how will you pay for it. Where you need to build. Where you need to build. When you can afford to build. When you can afford to build.

4 Should Be Performed By Someone Should Be Performed By Someone – Who Is Qualified Equipped by training and/or experience. Equipped by training and/or experience. Knows what questions to ask. Knows what questions to ask. Knows how to translate answers in an actionable plan. Knows how to translate answers in an actionable plan. – Who Is Objective & Impartial No emotional attachment. No emotional attachment. No vested interest. No vested interest. No pet ministries or projects. No pet ministries or projects. No peer pressure. No peer pressure. – Multi-disciplined Church Health, Church Growth, Design, Finance & Construction Church Health, Church Growth, Design, Finance & Construction Who Should Perform The Study?

5 Understanding Needs Ministry & Programs Ministry & Programs – Separating Needs & Desires Current Program and Ministry Needs Current Program and Ministry Needs Future Program and Ministry Needs Future Program and Ministry Needs – What Does This Require Regarding: Building Building Land Land Money Money – Ministry Dictates Need Stay or Relocate (where you build) Stay or Relocate (where you build) Type of Building (what you build) Type of Building (what you build) – Drives the space planning process

6 Financial Feasibility Counting the Cost Counting the Cost – Counting the cost means you must “know that you know” what you can afford before you begin to plan the building. – Determine a reasonable building budget. – Your building plans must be designed to your budget, not your budget stretched to meet the plans. – Determine a financial strategy to qualify for adequate financing. – Develop a strategy to pay off a mortgage as quickly as possible. – Helps determine timing of construction “For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it” Luke 14:28

7 Goals Define Objective Criteria Define Objective Criteria – What you need to build. – Why it’s the right solution. – A preliminary project budget based on financial ability. – A plan to pay for the project without negative impact on ministry. – Time line to for beginning construction.

8 Goals Set Reasonable Expectations! Set Reasonable Expectations! – According to needs, accomodating ‘wants’ as the budget permits – According to financial ability – Providing a realistic timeline Develop Support Develop Support – Spiritually – Emotionally – Financially

9 Goals Tactical Goals Tactical Goals Build unity in the body. Build unity in the body. Avoid mistakes. Avoid mistakes. Provide a clear plan & timeline. Provide a clear plan & timeline. Provide a reasonable budget. Provide a reasonable budget. Provide vision & develop confidence. Provide vision & develop confidence. Provide objective vision and actionable plan. Provide objective vision and actionable plan. Prepare for the architectural design process. Prepare for the architectural design process. Prepares the church for a capital campaign. Prepares the church for a capital campaign.

10 Goals Summarized The goal of a needs and feasibility study is to provide a feasible and actionable plan based on objective information and due process, which will create understanding, support, and unity in the church body regarding what to do, why to do it, and how the church will pay for it. how the church will pay for it.

11 Methodology Personal interviews with staff, elders, deacons, etc. to determine vision and understand the church’s history. Personal interviews with staff, elders, deacons, etc. to determine vision and understand the church’s history. Personal interviews with ministry leaders to determine current and future ministry needs. Personal interviews with ministry leaders to determine current and future ministry needs. Congregational survey. Congregational survey. Area demographic study. Area demographic study. Attendance & Financial analysis. Attendance & Financial analysis.(continued)

12 Methodology Attendance analysis & projection. Attendance analysis & projection. Site evaluation. Site evaluation. Discussion with local officials as required: Discussion with local officials as required: – Building – Fire – DOT – Zoning

13 Benefits Higher Level of Satisfaction  Quoting from the 2005 Rainer Group study on the impact of building programs: “We did find a strong correlation in overall satisfaction with the building project if a feasibility study was conducted. The disappointment, however, is that only one-third of the churches conducted a feasibility study.”  You are going to spend a lot of money on building, you should do everything you can to make sure you are happy with the outcome.  What you don’t know will hurt you, what you think you know can hurt you, what you know you know can only help you.

14 Benefits Benefit - Improved Functionality – Based on objective factors, not subjective ideas. – Based on prioritized needs as quantified by surveys, interviews, and analysis. – A balance of space that is correctly proportioned to maximize long term value at the lowest cost. – Increases the effectiveness of ministry.

15 Benefits Benefit - Reduction in Risk – The application of experience and due process by someone experienced in church design, church growth, and church construction cannot help but reduce risk. 1. Financial risk. 2. Risk of disunity., Risk of losing confidence or momentum 3. Risk of poor results, or even failure. Benefit - Minimize: – Fear, uncertainty, and doubt (FUD). – Stress and undue wear and tear on church staff. – Wasted time and effort.

16 Benefits A needs and feasibility study is the key to maximizing the church’s satisfaction while minimizing the risk in building. A needs and feasibility study provides: A plan for execution, Unity in the body, Increased financial support The foundation for the next steps of design, fundraising, & construction.

17 Summary 1. Few church leaders are equipped either by training or experience to lead their church in a building program in the most effective manner. 2. A church building program is too complex, too expensive and too critical to the future of your ministry to do less than the best possible effort. 3. There is no shame in getting outside help for your building program; both Moses and Solomon had help from outside “the church” in their building programs. 4. Reduces stress, cost, effort, uncertainty, and disunity. 5. The cost of proper planning is far less than the cost of not doing it.

18 Church Testimonials “We would have been foolish to attempt something this big apart from a professional consultant. Having a church consultant and working with Steve come with my highest recommendation. Without a doubt, this was the wisest money we have invested.” Randy Smith Pastor/Teacher Grace Tabernacle Lake Como, NJ “One of our building committee persons came across CDS on the web. We (our building committee) first purchased the book wrote by Steve. After reading and discussing the book we talked to Steve on a conference call and asked various questions. We subsequently hired them to do a needs and feasibility study. We are well pleased with their work; they were spiritually mature, thorough and professional. Their final recommendation was the end result of combing through information and prayer and we received information that will be useful for years to come. Their fee was very competitive and they did a great job for us. One of the best things they help determine for us was the size of building we needed. We have since used them for our capital campaign. Prayerfully consider their service.” Kenneth L. West, Th.D. Saint Luke Baptist, Spencer, OK “It was your inspiration and vision that helped us reach beyond the limited scope of our original building plans to see a larger picture of what our needs were and what the Lord could accomplish through the generosity of His people. We are enjoying our new building and have seen the Lord wonderfully supply "all our needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” Pastor Peter Mason Faith Baptist Church Rexford, NY

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