Whether your attendance as at an all-time high or you’ve been spreading the love from the same old building for years, your community deserves a spacious new church to return to in their time of need. Have you considered relocating to a better place nearby? If not, you definitely should.
Here’s everything you need to know about church relocation preparation, along with a church relocation checklist to guide your decisions.
1. Form a Church Relocation Committee
There are certainly people in your community that can help you with preparation and relocation. A church is a safe haven that welcomes all, so they’ll certainly be more than happy to be able to contribute. Perhaps some of them already have the experience needed for relocating your church.
2. Establish Your Budget & Raise Money
With some luck, some of these people might even offer to contribute to the project financially. Church relocation isn’t cheap, and you’ll need to discuss all costs beforehand. If you are experiencing troubling funding within your community, you can always raise money through crowdfunding activities such as games or concerts.
3. Find a Location for Your New Church
Relocation typically implies moving the building from one place to another, but you can also choose to build a new church on your current location. In that case, you’ll need to rent a temporary location to hold services. The members of your church will need someplace to worship in the meantime.
4. Choose a Durable Building Material
When picking a building material for your new church, consider factors such as versatility, durability, and resistance to hard weather conditions, fire, and flood. Wood and steel are both great options, though steel buildings typically offer longevity that you often cannot count on with wooden constructions.
5. Hire a New Electrician & Plummer
Bear in mind that church relocation isn’t solely about building a new space and moving the inventory a few blocks. You need to think about electrical and communications systems as well and add that to your timeline and budget. Hire a reliable electrician beforehand, as a bad one can cost you a lot.
6. Set a Timeline & a Moving Schedule
You’ll need to coordinate a lot of moving parts during your church relocation project. So, establish a timeline and a moving schedule in order to avoid expensive blunders. Set realistic goals for yourself and your community, in terms of how fast you pack your inventory and organize church relocation.
7. Start Packing Your Church Inventory
Invite all members of your church to help you pack everything valuable. Depending on the inventory, you may need special packing paper and boxes for protection, as well as a moving truck. Everything else can be transported in privately owned cars using the manpower of your local church community.
8. Notify Your Church Community
Don’t forget to notify the members of the community of your church relocation project. Although most of them will hear the news by word of mouth, putting up signage at your old location will allow them to learn more about where the relocation timeline and schedule straight from the source.
Your church relocation committee may ultimately decide to stay at the same location but build an entirely new church there. Alternatively, you can choose a change of scenery. Whatever the case, don’t start church relocation preparation without a detailed plan and support from your community.
For electrical assistance with your church relocation, reach out to the experts at MSC Electrical today!