Possess Your Land…Buying a Building for Ministry Use
By Rodney C. James, Master’s Plan Church Design & Construction
“Owning our own building, our own land, our own space has been one of the larger lessons of 2020!” While many churches who were leasing schools, theaters, and other venues were not allowed to meet in 2020, those who had a building of their own were able to open their doors and continue ministry.
So, what should you consider when taking the step from being in a leased space to buying your first building or considering the startup of a new campus? You can consider buying an existing church building or purchasing a building which had a totally different purpose such as an old grocery store, Walmart, or a big-box store that has been vacated. Post-pandemic, there are many such buildings available for purchase.
The real question is…what is the “true” cost of buying that building?
We all know there is the cost in the purchase of the building itself. But the reality is, if we’re going to use it for a church, if we’re going to repurpose it, or if we’re going to make it work for the way we do ministry today, there are going to be costs involved to convert that building into a tool that facilitates our mission and our way of accomplishing ministry.