Partnering to create purpose-driven churches with personality
A great joy in the life of any church is witnessing the growth of its ministry. Growth unlocks exciting opportunities. It can also present perplexing challenges, such as a need for more space. At Jeffrey Parker Architects, we guide you through the church building process – both architecturally and financially. From simply getting you started all the way through celebrating your building dedication, we make it happen.
We work closely with you to create attractive, cost-effective buildings that radiate and reinforce church ministries. Combined with church staffing and programs, properly-designed buildings will 1) enhance ministry opportunities for existing congregations, and 2) create visitor-friendly space that helps attract newcomers. Our design philosophy also emphasizes collaboration – with the building committee, lay leaders, church board and even the congregation. This broad-based involvement translates into overwhelming congregational support, ownership and unity.
Our design process relies on getting to know you, your congregation and your ministries. We typically help manage the entire building program, with you as an active participant. As “process managers”, we coordinate the efforts of the capital gifts consultant, lending agency, construction manager, building inspector, technology consultant and furnishings vendor. We also help organize and manage the site plan approval process. As a result, our church building projects flow effortlessly, church staffs stay focused on ministry and the process becomes an exciting, spiritual experience.
We envision what could be, challenge the status quo and balance short-term needs with a long-term perspective. This mindset drives our entire church master planning process. As a result, our church campus and facility master plans provide clearly-defined, purpose-driven, all-encompassing roadmaps for congregations to follow. They also help ensure that buildings can be inexpensively and seamlessly added onto, and that property is skillfully and efficiently utilized. And by being pieced into multiple phases (based on affordability, needs and attendance), these long-range plans are highly achievable.
We specialize in churches. Our seasoned approach is especially suited for thriving churches that feel trapped in buildings that are either too small, dysfunctional or out-of-date. By working with various churches of different denominations and geographic areas, we help promote a cross-fertilization of new ideas and relevant trends. In turn, we creatively build new and/or expand existing church campuses to radiate and reinforce the personality of your ministry.
Jeffrey Parker Architects came in and provided the professional perspective and experience that was lacking in our former attempts at building. I can confidently say that they were instrumental in moving us forward. Pastor Jason J. Thiel, Peace Lutheran Church
Our completed building has created a WOW factor throughout the community and our church has grown as a result. Pastor Paul Booko, Riverside Church
As Jeffrey and his team met with our Building Committee and church leadership, they showed great patience and made a strong effort to understand our church's ministry, personality and financial condition. Pastor Doug Compton, Alpine Baptist Church
CHURCH GROWTH SERVICES
Financial planning is critical to our holistic, results-driven approach to church building programs. Our strategic partnership with Church Growth Services (CGS) can help your church maximize what it can afford – and minimize what it needs to borrow. CGS does so by leading congregations through Biblically-based capital campaigns, which result in money that is pledged and paid over three years. To maximize these results, their process is thoroughly-integrated into our overall church planning process.
CREATIVE FOR KIDS
Our strategic partnership with Creative For Kids provides an amazing level of age-appropriate excellence and a big WOW to children’s ministry centers. Creative For Kids specializes in creating and installing custom-designed wall murals and characters, all of which are uniquely themed. The result is children’s check-in areas, corridors and classrooms that are kiddified to the Nth degree!
Due to our partnership with Wieland, we are especially effective at creating purpose-driven buildings that are also affordable. Wieland is a seasoned commercial construction firm with offices nationwide and, just as importantly, a heart for churches. They provide a unique blend of “pre-construction” services, such as value engineering, accurate line-item cost estimating, budgeting and construction scheduling. As a result, our projects are consistently on budget and on time.