How to Pick the Right Design-Builder
What are your needs? How do you know who to trust?
Do not base your church building selection on lowest price – make a determination on which design-builder gives you the most VALUE for your budget. The selection process can be simplified by using the following guidelines:
1. Understand both your short and long-term needs.
What Are Your Needs?
However, most churches grow their facilities in phases. By prioritizing your ministry’s short and long-term needs (e.g., youth center first or bigger sanctuary first), you can make your design-builder selection process easier by matching their experience and expertise with your project requirements.
Be prepared to answer the following questions. They may seem simple, but you’d be surprised at how many churches don’t really have a clear or consistent reply.
* Who are we trying to reach?
Take some time to sit down and brainstorm with your team about your ministry and your congregation’s needs. Use the questions above to hone in on what are priorities and what can be completed in another phase.
Including your design-builder in these meetings or sharing your responses with them will be vital to healthy growth. Your design-builder will become part of your team and should be able to help you determine the best use of space for your ministry, so choose a design-builder who will fit well in your team and understands your ministry needs. As a first step, learn to ask the right questions of the design-builder.
What Questions to Ask a Design-Builder Before Hiring Them
Don’t be afraid to ask questions; the more you ask, the more you’ll know what to expect. Asking questions is also a good way to continue dialoging about what is important to you and your church. Furthermore, it gives you the opportunity to get to know the design-builder better, which can ultimately lead to more trust and confidence in your decisions.
Lastly, learn how to listen for the right questions.
What Will an Experienced Design-Builder Ask?
Note that these questions are directed at understanding who your church is. A good church design-builder will capture the essence of your heart and direction and apply their experience to suggest a variety of design and building options that suit your needs. You should avoid letting them steer you toward any one option simply because that is the only experience they have.
This information is courtesy of the National Association of Church Design Builders (NACDB), www.nacdb.com.