Choosing a Site

Disciples Church Extension Fund. Accessed November 30, 2017.
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This article from the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) offers congregations topics to consider before selecting a piece of real estate to purchase. The article’s three sections are demographics, ministry, and finances. The first two sections offer no details, though they reflect concern for the church’s context. Researching the “community and its needs” is the first section. It informs the second section, which is developing ministry that is “based on the strengths of the church and the needs of the community.” Section three, “Financial Planning,” gives congregations advice for evaluating a piece of real estate. Topics covered here include utilities and easements, access and visibility, and cost. Adding others to the process, such as hiring experts, interviewing residents, and consulting local leaders, is also discussed. This article is appropriate for any religious group. Readers may also want to read a companion article entitled {{“Planning Guide: Buying Church Property” |}}.