We’re talking about scaling and all of the strategic steps a ministry needs in order to scale effectively. If you missed the first part of our blog, you can read it here. We covered step one (LOI) and step two (leadership). They have the most details. Let’s continue with steps three to six which are much more condensed.
Step 3) Hire an Architect and General Contractor
“We don’t need an architect and general contractor because we know exactly what we want our church to look like and we have handymen in our congregation.” It’s great that you know what to do with your space, but your clear vision needs trained professionals with skills you don’t have.
More than likely, your vision is either design and aesthetics focused or functional and practical. Most people think in one of these two ways. But architects are masters at doing both. An architect who has experience with ministries is especially helpful. They can do things like provide a colored drawing for your congregation to see or ensure AC doesn’t disturb your Sunday service.
A general contractor will then build out your vision. A ministry-minded GC understands that scaling a church is not the same as constructing a shopping center. They’re able to think long-term for your church and understand there might be changes along the way. Most importantly, they can work with your budget.
Step 4) Consult with Other Churches
This step may surprise you, but churches considering scaling benefit greatly from talking with other churches who are in the middle of scaling or just finished their project. They’ll be honest about the issues they ran into, what they wish they did differently, and what worked for them. Churches with the same footprint and budget as you will be the most helpful.
Step 5) Talk to Your Congregation
This is the fun step, but it can also be nerve-wrecking! We highly recommend involving your congregation as much as you can (we talk about this in the next step, too). It’s important your congregation doesn’t feel like they’re just spectators during this project. Show them the blueprint and encourage them to pray in the space you’re constructing (when it’s safe). Events where members can write their name on the foundation seem small, but it’s a beautiful reminder that they’re a part of the church’s history. After all, you’re scaling for them and future members.
Step 6) Raise Money
Involving your church in this project at the beginning allows you to all come together to fundraise. Why would a church member give to a campaign they barely found out about? You can also think outside of the box when it comes to giving campaigns. For example, you can create a register for church members to buy furniture and other needs for the church. There are no limits for ways your church can get involved.
Scaling certainly isn’t easy. There’s a lot more involved than one might realize. But it doesn’t need to be overwhelming either. Working with the ministry minded experts can help you strategize how your church can scale effectively.