Buying Church Property


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Disciples Church Extension Fund. Accessed April 14, 2017.

This five-step plan from the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is for congregations who have already identified real estate to purchase. The first step is “investigation,” which includes finding a realtor and researching public records. Step two is “financial planning.” Here, the congregation considers how to pay for the property. The congregation is now prepared to make an “offer” on the property, which is step three. Step four involves legal and precautionary issues, such as an inspection and evaluation of environmental concerns. The final step is “congregational approval”, though, depending on the congregation, this step may be necessary earlier in the process. “Sample contingencies” that may apply to a purchase and examples of documents that may be required, such as congregational by-laws, are also given. This article can be used by any congregation. See {{“Planning Guide: Choosing a Site,” | http://www.disciplescef.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/Planning-Guide-Choosing-a-Site.pdf}} also from CC (DoC), for hints on choosing property.

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