I’m sitting in an airport in Salt Lake City about to board Southwest and head home. We were here in Utah visiting the corporate office of Building God’s Way, an organization that partner’s with churches during capital campaign processes. We met some great guys and learned so much about what we are preparing to do at the first of the next year at Faithco.
Here are a few thoughts I’d like to share about why this trip was so worth while:
1. We found out that we may have been planning to build to small:
Since we have about two years before we may occupy our new facility, there is good reason to believe that our church could be 20% larger. We base these increase numbers on our recent years of growth. Also, it is hard to project just how large a church will grow just because it builds a new facility.
Here’s the deal, we want to use our faith and build a facility that will serve as many as God wants to send us. The knowledge we received in these meetings broadened our perspective of what we believe God may do through Faithco in coming years.
2. We learned the benefits of partnering with people who serve God:
Although it resembles a business, church is not necessarily a business. A church has different values and ideas for strategy and growth than other organizations. Its hard to explain this to people who don’t seem to care or understand. The BGW team “got this” even before we walked into the meeting office. It’s hard to explain, but this understand of church values by BGW is critical to our plans.
3. And of course, we found out that building an innovative, statement-making campus facility will cost more than what we expected.
Actually, it won’t because we can build cheaper in Oklahoma and we will use all the skilled people in our church to do much of the work. We’ll get to that later. This will be the greatest financial endeavor Faithco had ever undergone. It is as scary as it is exciting. We want to do this right. This is why we are talking to experts. The team we are talking to is a one-of-a-kind team who does a unique service for churches who are about to build.
5. Lastly, this will be one of the most important steps of faith we have ever taken. No matter how we do this, we must do this. It must be done. It is time.
…thought you might be interested in what we are doing here…..what we are facing….what we are experiencing…….
…hmm…that’s all I got.