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

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


This resource asks congregations to assess their needs and explore alternatives before devoting resources to building a new facility.


assessment tools, reflective questions

Recommended Audience

building committees, clergy, lay leaders, finance manager


Purchase as a book or e-book

Practical Applications

  • Investigate alternative solutions to facility issues using the assessment tools and reflective questions provided.
  • Reflect on the congregation's motivations and needs for a new facility by discussing this book with your building committee and lay leaders.

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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