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Benefits of a Needs & Feasibility Study

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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Needs & Feasibility Presentation – Recorded Webinar Now Online

As a volunteer church building consultant for the Congregational Services Group of the NC Baptist Convention, I recently delivered a live webinar on the topic of conduction a church needs and feasibility studies as one of the first steps in a church building program.  You may listen to, and view, this presentation online as it […]

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Church Financing – Still a Tough Market

Churches continue to have difficulty getting the financing they need for buildling or relocation. We have seen any number of churches that should be able to get financed turned down by lender after lender. Many churches that are getting turned down for financing today could have been financed a year ago with exactly the same […]

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Church Building Guide

Need a guide to church construction? I’ve put up a new web site dedicated to my book, Preparing to Build. Here’s the official description, Written by an experienced church building consultant, Preparing to Build is over 170 pages of real-world, practical information that will equip your leaders and church building committee to properly prepare for, […]

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