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Five Questions Every Capital Campaign Needs to Address (Part 1)

It could be said that a successful church capital campaign is the result of asking and answering a progressive series of questions. While each individual conversation during every campaign will have its own unique issues there are five questions that should be addressed at every opportunity. What are we doing? Why are we doing it? Why are we doing it …

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Church Building: How to Facilitate Ministry Through Design Part II

As we consider Biblical principles, how should we decide what type of church to build? The next two articles will contain some overarching practical concepts that need to be considered in deciding what to design and build. 1. The Facility Should be a Tool for Ministry A church building is first and foremost a “tool for ministry”. “If the iron …

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Church Construction Loans – How Much Can We Borrow?

There are probably as many attitudes and philosophies on commercial borrowing as there are churches. At some point the question will be asked; “How much money can our church borrow if we choose to do so?” Although commercial lending is a complex process, three key ratios are fairly universal for the majority of lending institutions. Commercial lenders will also look …

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Project Delivery Method: How are We Building? Part 4

“We shape our buildings afterwards our buildings shape us”……. Winston Churchill Buildings have a tremendous impact on how we order our daily lives at home, work, school or in public worship.  Let’s search the Scriptures to see what principles we can discover that might guide us during a building project.  Throughout history churches have met in a variety of venues …

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Project Delivery Method: How are We Building? Part 4

This is the fourth part in a series of articles describing the different project delivery methods. The first part dealt with Design-Bid-Build. The second part dealt with selecting the architect, the third part dealt with Construction Management. This article will deal with the Design-Build Method. Design Build Although not as common as Design-Bid-Build in recent history, the Design-Build process actually …

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Scriptures on Money (Part II)

In part two of a three part series we identify additional scripture verses on money. James 4:14 “For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.” Proverbs 13:22 “A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children, but the wealth of the sinner is stored up for the …