Podcast Episode #324
Construction debt can be debilitating for churches, but there can be a way out. Today we discuss the unintended consequences of building too big and how to overcome them.
Some highlights from today’s episode include:
- If you build too big of a church facility, these things may happen.
- Don’t let unneeded building debt replace needed ministry funding.
- Unwieldy debt can get a church off message. They start thinking about surviving instead of thriving.
- It’s likely that less than 1% of churches have done a facility usage study in the past five years.
- There’s a perception that if you build a new church facility, people will come. That is simply not the case.
- People are more attracted to a church because of relationships and ministry, not facilities.
- Dealing with “the good ole days” is one of the most challenging thing any leader will face.
The eight consequences of building too big are:
- Debt becomes shackles.
- Morale is hit hard.
- Leaders spend too much time with a new narrative.
- Utility costs are too high and burdensome.
- They built it, but they didn’t come.
- The church becomes dangerously nostalgic.
- There are fewer financial resources for ministry.
- The church has difficulty finding good successor pastors.
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