Benefits of a Needs & Feasibility Study

By • on April 11, 2010 • Filed under: Church Construction, Church Design

Excerpted from Understanding the Needs and Feasibility Process Slide Presentation:

The benefits of a Needs and Feasibility Study for any church contemplating a building program are multi-faceted.  Here are some of the benefits as noted in the church needs and feasibility presentation on our website.

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 think you know can hurt you, what you know you know can only help you.

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.

  • Financial risk.
  • Risk of disunity.
  • Risk of poor results, or even failure.
  • Risk of losing confidence or momentum.

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.

Reductions In:

  • Fear, uncertainty, and doubt (FUD).
  • Stress and undue wear and tear on church staff.
  • Costly mistakes.
  • Time spent planning.
  • Wasted time and effort.

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 to the church, and,
  • The foundation for the next steps of design, financing, & construction.

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