What Is a Feasibility Study?
A Feasibility study is an objective analysis of what a church needs--and what is feasible for it--to build. Church building today is both complex and expensive.
This study will identify the current and future needs of the ministries and translate those needs into land and building requirements along with a feasible plan to make it happen.
We recommend that a Feasibility study be done as early in the planning process as possible. Certainly, the best time is before you invest a lot of money in design and as early as two to three years before you build.
Better Results with Less Effort
An independent study showed that those churches that performed a feasibility study prior to their building program had much higher overall satisfaction with the outcome and experienced less conflict during the process. Practical experience also demonstrates that proper planning makes for an overall smoother and less expensive building program.
The benefit of this process in developing confidence, unity, and widespread support cannot be overstated. A proper process that solicits the input of the congregation and then presents a coherent plan to meet the need is a unifying force. Typically, once the congregation votes to adopt the recommendations, the church enjoys the endorsement and support of over 90% of the congregation in a church vote.
Peter Leal, Jr.
I am a pastor at a church in central CT of around five hundred people and in 2021 we knew that God was calling us to begin to build a new facility to reach more people in our local area. We contacted Rod Rogers at Abundant Giving and he began to work on the Needs and Feasibility study for our needs. The experience has been—in a word—incredible. The Feasibility study was jam-packed with information that has been invaluable in helping us to plan for the future. The demographic breakdown of our local area compared to those demographics within the church helped us to know how we were doing in terms of reaching people of all backgrounds and situations. Also, the precise calculations made for the total square footage needed to build in accommodating everyone and everything who would come and take place in the new facility has given us confidence looking forward to talking with architects and making our future vision more concrete. Having Rod personally there walking us through all of the details was reassuring and confidence-producing for our leaders and members. I would highly recommend Rod Rogers and Abundant Giving for a Feasibility study.
The attention to detail, professionalism, and high energy level Dr. Rogers brought throughout our feasibility process played a key role in its success. Throughout this process Dr. Rogers showed a passion for helping our church prepare for the future and to help Northside reach lost people in our community. His use of personal interviews, online surveys and personally visiting our church helped us identify things our church is doing well and areas of opportunity to improve and grow. His recommendations for our church are being carefully considered by church leadership and I fully expect most, if not all of them, to be implemented in the next few months. I would strongly encourage any church contemplating a building/capital program to consider using Dr. Rogers’ services.
New Hope Church
Without speaking in exaggeration or hyperbole, Abundant Giving saved New Hope Church at least $1,000,000 and who knows how many hours of frustration and endless dead-ends, not to mention the discouragement that accompanies those problems. That’s just what we saved. Because of their objective needs and feasibility process, New Hope Church also gained a better understanding of our strengths and weaknesses, which led to a customized strategy for an expansion phase. I shudder to think of the mistakes we would have made (let alone the dollars that would have been wasted) without this engagement.
The Feasibility Study Process
The study is kicked off with the collection of information about the ministry, the congregation, and the community including attendance history, current member demographics, and ministry finances. We conduct personal interviews with church leaders and members to solicit their input on the needs of each of the ministries and to understand the church's culture, goals, and vision. Additionally, we implement a professional online congregational survey to determine church health. We then analyze and review the data through the lens of our experience. Based on our experience and sound church growth practices we answer the following questions: ✔️ Does the church need to build? ✔️ What does the church need to build and how was this determined from our needs? ✔️ What can the church afford to build and how will it pay for the building program? ✔️ When is the right time to build with consideration to need & financial ability? We then provide the church with a report with a recommendation on the most feasible solutions and a suggested timeline for moving forward.