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September 16, 2010

10 Things Every Church Should Know about Expansion (in 140 characters or less)

Tips church leaders can use before their next project.

Cogun, a North Lima, Ohio-based company that helps churches with building, recently released the "10 Things Every Church Should Know about Expansion (in 140 characters or less)." Here are the first three (you can read all 10 in the brief electronic booklet offered here):

1. Clarity is king. Know who you are, who you're called to reach, and then over-communicate it. This is the rudder that will allow you to end up with the right expansion when it's done.

2. Expansion options abound. Churches can add ministry space in multiple ways--additional services, multi-site campuses, church mergers, building expansion/relocation.

3. Understand the budget. When you build new facilities, the amount for the building itself is only part of the total cost. Non-building costs can add up to 20% to 40% of your total costs.

Read all 10 things in Cogun's e-booklet. Also check out BuildingForMinistry.com, a partnership between Christianity Today International and the Cornerstone Knowledge Network, of which Cogun is a co-founder.

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I would add, put a decent amount of time between the various developments and expansions. Even though the congregation may know that something is an ultimate goal, we may not understand the time frame. If things happen too quickly, we becomes overwhelmed and exhausted - especially if there is a great financial or time commitment associated with it. This is happening in my church right now. The leadership thinks, OK, let's go plant another church this week and is not picking up on what it is doing to the congregation.

Be glad then, ye children of Zion Joel.2:23

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