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Common Mistakes #3 ...
If you don't like your pastor, make him  the head of  your building committee.
Many times on consulting visits, I jokingly say  to the building committee, "If you don't like your pastor, make him the head of the building committee and you have better than a 65% chance he'll leave before the project is complete."  The senior pastor has an already very demanding job where he operates not only under the scrutiny of God, but often under the scrutiny of demanding and abusive congregants. If your pastoral team is handling the very demanding position of driving the Building Committee throughout the expansion campaign (which can take 3 to 5 years), who is caring for the sheep?  CDS says: "You build the body ... we will construct the building".  Protect your pastor against burnout -- make sure he has the support from lay leadership and from the body when you commit to moving or expanding your facilities.
Building Committee Selection
What are the three most important qualities to look for when selecting someone to join the Building Committee, Finance Committee, or any committee for that matter?  Which trait is most important? According to Bill Hybels, senior pastor of Willow Creek, more


CDS in the Community...

CDS, together with other sponsors, is excited to report that we exceeded the goal by almost $10,000 in raising funds for ICM to build churches in Nepal. read more
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Glen and Pastor James Spaugh at Bagley Swamp Wesleyan Dedication



Featured Projects


"We knew we needed to build, but we did not see how this building which we are sitting in tonight was possible ..."


Bridge Church - Virginia Beach
After going through the process of developing a site plan, it appeared the costs to prepare the site would be financially onerous jeopardizing the rest of the project.  The main issue was a large, city-owned easement running through the property.  Prior to our involvement, the church hired a  company to develop a site plan, and they recommended locating the building a fair distance from the road to accommodate the existing easement.  This proposed setback created additional improvement expenses the church hadn't counted on. more


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Coming next month ...
  • How does a 350-person church build a 45,000 square foot facility?
  • Be on the lookout for 2 new projects approved to break ground in Virginia Beach in upcoming newsletters.

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April 30, 2014

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