Building a New Church: A Process Manual for Pastors and Lay Leaders

by James E. Healy. Liturgical Press, 2009.


This resource covers a range of broad to specific topics relating to the building or renovation of worship spaces, ranging from how to create a construction team to hiring outside consultants.


reviews on finances and costs, acoustics, artwork, fundraising, furnishings

Recommended Audience

Clergy and lay leaders


Purchase as a book or e-book

Practical Applications

  • Evaluate worship space needs and cost before interviewing potential architects by consulting the needs assessment section of this book.
  • Communicate worship space changes with congregants.

About the Contributor

Janet Hoover

Janet Hoover is a certified spiritual director in private practice and an American Baptist pastor. She graduated from the University of Indianapolis and earned her MDiv and DMin from Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis. 

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