3 Must-Have Survival Tips for Your Church Building Program
“The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty.” Proverbs 27:12 NIV
3 Tips To Help You Not Just Survive, But Thrive In A Church Building Program:
Survival Tip #1 - Don’t Underestimate the DangerIn order to see the “danger” we need to understand what is at risk if a church building program fails.
- Confidence in the leadership
- Health and overall effectiveness of the ministry
- Unity in the body and the risk of increased conflict and strife
- Increased burden on staff and reduction in staff effectiveness
- Money – a LOT of money that was given sacrificially
- Ridicule. Luke 14:28-30
Survival Tip #2 - Don’t Underestimate the Value of Proper ProcessTake “refuge” in proper process. Your building program should follow a proper process that is based on knowledge, wisdom, and experience; all critical components that are needed to ensure the finished project is a success.
- Know the right steps to take. (Knowledge)
- Understand the right order in which to take each step. (Wisdom)
- Execute the steps correctly, the first time. (Experience)
Survival Tip #3 - Don’t Overestimate Your Knowledge or Experience.There is a fine line between faith and foolishness. Avoid “paying the penalty” by honestly and objectively assessing the church's abilities and experience (or the lack thereof) as it pertains to commercial construction.
- Gain a clear understanding of the entire depth and breadth of a church construction project from start to finish
- Don’t bring a knife to a gun fight, and unless you are a retired or active construction professional, you have a knife.
- Be willing to bring in qualified help to sit on your side of the table. “Let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance.” Proverbs 1:5 NIV