Top Seven Major Facility Mistakes of the Past 20 Years

Episode #519
March 15, 2019
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Churches can sometimes make unwise decisions when it comes to building facilities. Today we cover seven of them and how to avoid them.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • If your church is running short on worship space, consider adding another service before adding millions of dollars of debt.
  • Churches should plan on maintenance because deferred maintenance will alway cost you more and your facilities will suffer.
  • A church gym is not a silver bullet to reach young families.
  • One of the biggest hidden deterrents to church growth is inadequate parking.

The seven facility mistakes we discuss are:

  1. If we build it, they will come
  2. Too big worship centers
  3. Lack of master planning
  4. Not planning on maintenance
  5. Gyms will be our youth group
  6. Too small gathering place
  7. Inadequate parking

Resources mentioned in today’s podcast

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