Design & Construction

7 Pieces of Advice Fresh from the Trenches of Church Construction

Considering new construction, renovation or an expansion on your church facility? Here are words of wisdom given by church leaders who have completed their own house of worship projects.

Deborah Ike  ·  December 19, 2017

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From our Worship Facilities Church Construction Survey, here is gathered wisdom and personal insights from those who’ve recently completed a building project. They left words of adive to share with you. Learn from their experiences:

1.)  “Be patient and don’t rush into any one firm until you’ve been able to evaluate several contractors, visited sites they’ve completed and talked with staff to verify how their project went.” 

2.)  “Do not cut corners on hardware, finishes, or anything that will be more expensive to improve or maintain down the road.  Better to wait until you can do the whole project right than live with regrets and higher maintenance costs.”

3.)  “Don’t choose contractors based on membership or strictly price.”

4.)  “Having a well-informed congregation is important – maintain a healthy level of communication about the scope of the project in the time leading up to its implementation and continue to give regular updates as the project goes forward.”

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Deborah Ike
Deborah Ike (formerly Wipf) is the President & Founder of Velocity Ministry Management; a company dedicated to vision implementation for church leaders. Over the last ten years, Deborah worked in the corporate arena to discover how to leverage business principles for ministry vision. She worked for Deloitte Consulting in their Strategy & Operations group and most recently, for Williams, as a project manager and risk manager. Deborah has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems along with the Project Management Professional (PMP) credential from the Project Management Institute. She’s the author of The Volunteer Management Toolkit (Church Edition) and you can find her articles on sites such as,,, and via The Church Network.
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