CHURCH MASTER PLANNING
The text below contains a step-by-step description of how our firm prepares a church Master Plan. This proven process is based on decades of experience preparing Master Plans for churches of all sizes and denominations. If you would like to download an illustrated pamphlet containing all the steps in the process, click here to download it for free.
WHAT IS A MASTER PLAN?
One of the key aspects of the Master Plan is that it is a long-range plan. Far too many congregations have rushed to a solution to a current, pressing need only to thwart possibilities for better solutions to other or future needs. Most churches will be around for many generations. With the ever-increasing cost of construction, few congregations can afford to build more than once a generation. Therefore, it is imperative that every building project be planned with an eye to the future. This may mean planning for flexibility, additions, conversions to other uses or any other ways of meeting future needs. The church that only builds for today will surely live to regret doing so within a relatively short period of time.
A Master Plan allows a congregation to take the first tentative steps toward a design solution without committing to a full architectural contract. The cost is relatively low, especially when compared to the high cost of constructing something that prevents future expansion of the church facilities.
WHY DO WE NEED A MASTER PLAN?
One of the most challenging journeys in the life of a congregation is the process of renovating or building new facilities. When you are planning a journey, it helps to have a general idea of the direction you are heading. Oftentimes, the church’s leaders have a vague idea of the direction their congregation may be heading. Perhaps it is a renovated worship space or a new education building or additional space for fellowship. No matter how small or large the finished project may be, the path to get there may seem long and difficult. Starting off on this journey without a map can lead to many wrong turns and dead ends. The Master Planning Process provides a roadmap for the journey of church building or renovation.