We have all heard stories of church splits that arose from a building program. Debates rage over all kinds of topics: when should we build, how much money should we have before we start, what will the finished product look like, what color should the carpet be, etc. We all agree that divisions resulting from matters like these should never happen. But how can church leaders shepherd their congregations through the construction process in a way that glorifies the Lord?
Enter the Church Construction Resource Center. Developed by a friend of mine with years of experience in the field, the CCRC “exists to help church leaders and building committee members make informed, cost-effective plans regarding church building programs.” The Center proposes a twelve-step approach called The MasterBuild Process that help churches think through philosophical guidelines, financial and legal matters, and conflict resolution. Churches that are planning to build would do well to make use of the CCRC as they prayerfully consider whether they should embark on new construction.