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Preparing to Build: Practical Tips & Experienced Advice to Prepare Your Church for a Building Program Paperback – July 17, 2007
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If you are looking for common sense and practical information to prepare your church for a building program, this may be the best investment you make in your church building program. This book has been used in the D.Min. program at Liberty University (see testimonials on website with same name as the book) and other Seminaries.
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While exciting, building projects can also evoke some serious emotional dread. They have the potential to be poorly led, put excessive financial strain on a congregation, and severely damage relationships. Too often, we hear the horror stories of churches that split and projects that never get completed. Building projects also can strain the pastoral staff! One statistic thrown at me when we were starting our program was that 83% of pastors leave their church within 12 months after the building project is completed, either because of personal burnout or the relational damage during the project. Maybe dread isn't a strong enough word...
Factually, pastors and their leadership teams often lack the "nuts and bolts" know-how of building programs. The concepts of budgeting for construction, reading architectural plans, leading capital campaigns, and working with contractors are foreign to many church leaders. This leaves us wide open to poor decisions; which could cost a congregation thousands of dollars in unnecessary costs, months of extra work, and compromised relational trust.
That is why both Stephen Anderson and his book, Preparing to Build, are such a blessing to the Church. From personal experience, Stephen's insight and principles helped us realize the purpose God had in our building project. Stephen first laid out the realities of a building project, and then gave us practical and orderly steps to take. He showed our church leadership teams how to lead in such a way our people felt a strong sense of ownership in the project. He stressed cultural sensitivity and gave us latitude to make the process personal. Ultimately, he helped us discover the answer to the all-important question, "What is God calling us to build for the sake of vision fulfillment in the context of what we can afford?" And he did this while never letting us forget what we are about is truly is "Bigger than a Building!"
Like Jethro being a blessing to Moses, Stephen's insight, experience, and principles will be a blessing to so many pastors and church leaders who believe God is leading them to trust Him in a building project. Before entering into your building project, as a leadership team I urge you to prayerfully read and apply Preparing to Build to your unique ministry context. It will be the best first step you can take if God calls you to believe in him in for a building journey that lay ahead.
Dr. Paul W. Smith
Lead Pastor - Warner Alliance Church, Lewiston, ID
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Top Customer Reviews
He breaks the project into phases and considers the spiritual, pastoral and practical aspects of each phase.
I am smarter for having read Stephens book.