Stages of the Church During Expansion

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  1. USN2Pulpit

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    For those who have gone through it from a pastoral perspective, what are the stages a church family goes through when deciding on building an addition?

    For me, this is what I have experienced so far -

    1. Attendance is up and need for more space is noticed by several workers.
    2. We make due for quite a while, using closets, garage, shed, etc.
    3. It's finally brought up in a session of business.
    4. A buiding program is approved, committee is formed.
    5. A very few influential senior adults begin to complain that the pastor is only paying attention to the needs of the young adults, youth, and children.
    6. Certain people work in the background to derail building program - but not openly in a session of business.
    Brothers and Sisters, is there no easy way to build a much-needed addition without being targetted?
     
  2. Tom Bryant

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    It's true that churches have difficulty during building a new building. But the pastor must get the influencers on board before even bringing it before the church to be discussed.

    Sometimes a leader just has to stand on out in front saying "we're going up that hill. Follow me!" He will take arrows in the back because he is following God's will for the church. But to stop because of opposition when the church has spoken (that's the Baptist in me :laugh: ) is to destroy the forward movement of the church.
     
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    USN, good to see you back around.

    I have never personally experienced that. But from what I have been told that very thing happened here at our church in the mid 1990s.
     
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    We're currently finishing up a 25,000 square foot expansion on our church building (should be in within 2-3 months) and it's been a long road. I don't know of too many detractors of the project but it could be in the way we have done it. We knew it was obvious that we needed more office space and classroom space as well as someplace for our disabled to meet and to have an elevator to assist those disabled to get around the church. We broke ground on this building in May of 2004 - yep, it will be 4 years before we're finished. This is because we didn't do ONE step on this job without having the cash to pay for it. NONE of the projected final cost of $2 million was financed but all paid in cash. This was one measure of what we were going to do and how we were going to do it. After the initial work of foundation, framing and enclosing the addition, the majority of the work is being done "in house" - with "Extreme Makeover, Church Addition" weekends. The congregation has stepped up and done most of the work and even 8 of the pastors work every Friday from 8AM to 4PM (the senior pastor is not that healthy for the manual kind of work that they're doing AND he's working on his messages then) to get this building done. We have the second floor of offices almost done, the main lobby will be opened next month, I figure - once the other side is almost done (then it's a big push to "meld" the two together), and the basement is pretty much done with just having ceiling tiles put in as per the fire inspector. It's taken us twice as long as originally planned but we didn't have the money to pay others to do it so we did it ourselves. :)

    I think you'll always have opinions in a church and obviously not everyone is going to agree with you. You need to prayerfully consider what GOD wants you to do and to His will rather than the will of part of the congregation.
     
  5. USN2Pulpit

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    Thanks for the reply...it is our intention also to remain debt-free if we can, and do a lot of the work ourselves.

    It sounds like you attend a fairly large church. At our church, there is only one pastor, and he's bi-vocational. (Me, of course...)
     
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    Then use the idea of the "Extreme Makeover" that we've done. We started out working from 8PM on Friday evening and went through until midnight on Saturday night but then we found that it was best to have a 6PM to midnight on Friday night and 2 sessions on Saturday - from 8AM to noon and noon to 6. We would make sure that we provided food for all shifts. It worked out really well because we had a number of people who were skilled and even those who were not. Those who were not learned quickly how to screw down subflooring, paint and wallpaper. We even had some of them do sheetrocking (and then had a GREAT spackler come in. LOL). Even in a small church, you should be able to get a few men and women to help out, I'd think.
     
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    Don't know how strict the bldg codes where you are, but make certain that the people who help build to code. In some areas, even the sheet rock had to be overseen by a licensed builder.

    We thank the Lord because we had some guys who were licensed in electrical, plumbing and roofing to over see the jacklegs among us (like me).:laugh:
     
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    Yep - fortunately, our missions pastor is a licensed contractor. :D LOL! Before he became a pastor, he was a contractor and he kept his license current. He's acted as the general contractor over the entire project saving us a TON of money. But even just having congregants doing ceiling tiles, wallpapering, trim, painting and such really helps a LOT.
     
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    Get your resume ready.

    All the older folks (who probably have money) have to do to derail the program (and you), is to either withold their tithe or to designate it so that it cannot be used except for things they like.
     
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    Our building finances were a different budget than the general budget so no one's tithe went to the new building. It was completely separate and we had to actually mark it for the other account (Operation Jabez). If we didn't have the money to do something, it didn't get done. Period. :)
     
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    Hey USN, We are beginning to have the same growing pains. Our parking area and sanctuary are often at capacity. Unfortunately our sanctuary is the origonal building which was built out of rough-hewn logs in 1888. I believe we are not going to be able to expand it.

    Oh well, we are working on the building fund for now until we reach 40,000 and then we will get serious about hiring an architect.

    You and I, the lurkers. Good to see your name on the board. Glad to hear that He is blessing you in the ministry He has placed you in. Just stay faithful to Him and let everyone know you are seeking to ollow Him and not any particular group.
     

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