Winston Churchill said “we shape our buildings, thereafter they shape us.”
Church facilities are crucial to how you carry out God’s vision for your congregation. When it comes time to address space and facility issues where you serve, here are 10 questions your team should consider before choosing a designer, architect, or builder:
- Do they have a solid understanding of ministry?
- Do they know how to discover the correct tool for your church?
- Do they have good listening skills and will they take the time to understand your church’s DNA?
- Can they communicate plans and processes well?
- What kind of track record do they have in regard to handling challenges?
- Have they demonstrated patience and empathy to clients?
- What do other pastors say about their integrity?
- Are they prone to desire a business relationship or ministry relationship?
- How do they protect a church’s ministry?
- Is the price going to be fair and not put the ministry in a financial strain?
There is no right way to build the wrong building. Do your homework and pray God will lead you to an architect/construction firm that has ministry experience. Remember, the bitterness of poor quality lingers long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten.
Posted on June 17, 2020
Tim Songster is the president of Cosco & Associates, Inc, a national specialist in church design and construction. Having completed over 1,000 church related projects, his firm offers a turn key solution including first impressions, church health, financial and facility analysis, strategic master planning, design, engineering, financing, and construction.
More from Tim