Stephen Anderson, a church building consultant and author of the book Before You Build, which I have referred to many times in previous posts, has also written an article based on the research of over 320 churches who have recently undergone construction projects, called Insights on Achieving a Positive Church Construction Experience. Based on his studies, Anderson has concluded that there are three major points of dissatisfaction for churches concerning the building process:
- Most churches feel that the builder encourages them to build facilities that are too small for their needs
- Churches are more satisfied if their new facilities are multi-purpose buildings or consist of multiple buildings (rather than fellowship halls for example)
- Churches that do not conduct feasibility studies tend to be less satisfied with the outcome of the building project
For churches considering a construction project in the future, awareness of these points of dissatisfaction for other churches can make for better construction planning and a higher level of satisfaction with the completed project. Check out the article for more details about the study and in-depth information about the three points of concern described above.