What services does Ministry Design Concepts offer?
We offer three primary services to assist churches with their ministries: Ministry Coaching, Pre-construction navigation and Interior Design.
Part I: Ministry Coaching
We come alongside churches to help them answer the primary questions that all ministries face. These questions include the why, what, where, when, who and how of your ministry.
Why do you do your ministry?
What are you supposed to be doing?
Where are you to be doing it?
Where are you headed?
When are you supposed to be doing it?
Who is to be doing your ministries?
Who are you trying to reach and serve?
How are you to do your ministry?
How do you introduce people to your church and ministries?
How are you to make disciples?
How are you to develop leaders?
How are you to recruit, train and engage your volunteers?
How are you to assimilate new people into your congregation?
How are you to reach the unchurched & dechurched?
In short we help you discover, design and deliver God’s unique plan for your ministry. If it has been some time (3-5 years) since your took a good look at your ministry design I would suggest you begin today to revisit these and other crucial questions.
Part II: Pre-construction Navigation
Because churches seldom go through construction, at least compared to their other programs which are done weekly, monthly or at least annually, they are not practiced at creating a building program and navigating their way through the process. Thus the need has developed for experienced navigators to assist churches with this area of ministry.
Our goal at Ministry Design Concepts is to come alongside ministry leaders to help them chart a course and navigate their way through the preparation, planning, design and construction of their new facilities. This involves the forming of in-house committees and engaging with industry professionals along with determining delivery systems for their project. It is no small task to lead a ministry through a building project regardless of the scope of the project. We learned this first hand as a senior pastor with 5 building projects and 2 relocations under our belt along with over 8 years as a project consultant for a national church builder.
It is our intent to be an advocate for the church. Our loyalty lies with no one other than the Lord and the church.
There are key questions you need to answer as you consider expanding or renovating your facilities.
Why should we build?
What should we build?
Where should we build?
For whom should we build?
When should we build?
How much should we build?
How much can we afford?
How will we pay for it?
How will we raise the money?
How much should we spend?
How do we proceed?
What do we do first, second, & third?
How do we lead our congregation through this project?
Where do we borrow money if needed?
Where are the pitfalls & landmines in the process?
Who should we hire?
Having set a list of questions in front of you let me address the last question above, “who should we hire”. How do you know who to hire? Below are a handful of things to consider.
Reputation. Check their references. What are others saying about their past and current work? What caused them to partner with the firm you are considering? Now, what professional is going to give you bad references? You will need to do some digging to get a range of experiences from their past clients. Maybe they hit a home run with everyone they served but then again, maybe not. You should know before you hire what their reputation is with their past clients.
Integrity. Do the people at every level of their organization exhibit honesty and trustworthiness? Are they true to their word…at every level? When under pressure how have they reacted/acted?
Chemistry. Simply, do you like them? Do you enjoy their company…spending time with them? Are they a good fit for your building team?
Craftsmanship. What is the quality of their work? Do they fix their mistakes or hide them? Do they stand behind their work or run at the first sign of trouble?
Attitude. Do they treat your project as though it were their own or is it all about their “bottom line”? Their attitude motivates them to either serve your interest or perhaps only their own. This plays out in the quality material and craftsmanship they invest in your project. Do you feel comfortable leaving them alone to do their work or do you think you need to watch them every minute or they’ll treat you unfairly? This unfairness will likely show up over time in the quality workmanship and materials they used on your project. Why not select an industry professional that puts your mind to ease instead of one that will upset your stomach.
Value. I believe there is more to selecting a professional team member for your project than “low cost”. Think in terms of value not commodity. The lowest bid may get you the best deal but then again it may not. Therefore, inspect, research, investigate and thoroughly bath the selection process in prayer. Decide on your value system ahead of time. This will help guide you through the selection process.
Why does a church or ministry need an advocate? Each industry professional is watching out for their own interest and bottom line. Who is watching out for your interest and bottom line? A pre-construction navigator can serve as your advocate to help you protect yourself by providing needed insight into the construction industry and building process. In my experience it is not unusual for a pre-construction navigator to save the church a great deal of heart ache, time and money. It is well worth the investment to engage with a navigator at the front end of your project to provide for you that which most churches are lacking.
Part III: Interior Design