Church Renovation Project - Tips for a Smooth Remodel
Church renovations and remodels are special projects that impact a lot o people. Here are some tips to ensure a smooth church remodel!
1. Get Buy-in on the Renovation or Remodel
Make sure you take the time to discuss the pro's and cons with church staff, leadership, and even members of the congregation. This will allow feedback from others that every had a chance to be heard, making the entire renovation process go much smoother.
2. Schedule the Remodel During "Off Season"
Every church has a "season" when there is a larger that normal congregation are not attending for a variety of reasons, summer vacation times for example, or as school season begins. During the holidays typically is when the congregation is in full attendance. By doing the church renovations in the off-season, you'll be able to avoid frustration with the congregation from the mess that will be created during the remodel.
3. Integrate the Remodeling of Your Church into Primary Missions
There are a variety of creative ways to get members of the church to have a part in the remodel. Some churches have provided the opportunity for members to write prayers on the subflooring, keeping the mission of the church alive. Some church leaders opt to have a "grand opening" celebration when the church is fully complete, bringing the congregation and other members of the community together to celebrate your church's mission!
4. Don't Do it Alone
Make sure you work with a contractor that has deep experience in church remodeling and construction. We also recommend seeking help out from your church staff and congregation, you'd be very surprised to see how many people will step up to help out with any needed tasks. This allows the church leader to remain focused on the ministry knowing that the remodel process is moving along as it should and helping to minimize any stress.
5. Have a Detailed Remodeling Plan
Like any large construction project, its best to be prepared from the beginning. Even simply putting ideas to paper and writing down the church's needs and goals can help the right contractor get started quickly. There should be back up plans in place, where to store furniture and other valuable items, how will the church remain open during the remodeling process, and much more. The details do matter, and when everyone and everything is on the same page, this will be a smooth build-out.
Once the church remodel is done, it's time to celebrate! Make sure there is a "welcome back" party or something special for the congregation when the build-out is complete. It's time to show off the hard work that was put in, and continue with the church's mission.
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