When Not to Build: An Architect's Unconventional Wisdom for the Growing Church


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by Ray Bowman, Eddy Hall. Baker Books, 2000.

This popular book by church consultants and writing team Ray Bowman and Eddy Hall argues that congregations often invest numerous resources - financial and otherwise - and jump to building new facilities without investigating alternative solutions to their problems and challenges. The authors want congregations to consider other possibilities, be more intentional in their decision-making. The book offers readers a process for doing that. The process focuses on three main topics: facilities, ministry, and finances. Assessment tools and reflective questions are sprinkled throughout the book to aid readers in their discernment process. The process addresses several issues, such as discovering the congregation’s motivation, needs, and readiness for building a new facility as well as being clear about congregational expectations of a new building. Bowman and Hall write from a Christian perspective, yet the topics discussed are relevant for any faith community that is considering building a new facility.

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