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Welcome to ChurchBuild

"We shape our buildings,

...and afterwards our buildings shape us."

Winston Churchill

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People

Your Church is all about the people...

...so your buildings really matter!

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Processes

‘Unless the Lord builds the house,

those who build it labour in vain.’

Ps 127.1

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Finance

"Fund-raising is proclaiming what we believe
in such a way that we offer other people
an opportunity to participate with us
in our vision and mission.

Fund-raising is precisely the opposite of begging."

Henri Nouwen

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Church Anatomy

These are not building projects...

…but mission
projects

that
involve
buildings

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Resources

Free downloadable resources

to help fit your buildings

to your ministry

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Tradition

“Tradition is like giving birth,

not like wearing your father’s hat.”

Pablo Picasso

Welcome to ChurchBuild

This site has grown out of the belief that your church building has a significant impact on the life of your church, and that your building should fit well with your ministry. Our aim is to equip you to make better use of your buildings for the glory of God.

If your church is considering undertaking a building project you will find a wealth of useful information in the ChurchBuild Project Guide under the ‘How To’ tab – this provides a framework for developing and running a project. Look also at the Downloads section, where you can access free resources, including those referred to in the Project Guide.

Browse through the other sections of the site where you will find a Blog and discussion of other resources. If you find something useful here, or have suggestions for improvement, please let us know via the Contact page.

Introducing the ChurchBuild Project Guide…

The ChurchBuild Project Guide is a collection of more than 30 articles covering many of the practicalities of getting church construction projects built. Start with the Welcome section, or dive straight into one of the sections. Here is a selection of some of the most frequently visited articles:

A Long And Winding Journey

Godspeed V by Jonathan Clarke, Bury St Edmunds, SuffolkA major building project is not for the faint-hearted! Here is an overview of some of the challenges. read more…

Building a Client Team

Build a client teamGetting the right people onto your church Building Group will be crucial to the success of your project. read more…

The Construction Process

4.4 Construction Process - flow graphicMost building projects go through the same basic stages. It is good to understand how these different stages fit together. read more…

Statements of Significance

100_8921-2 copy-1200A Statement of Significance is essential for any historic building – find out how to write one here. read more…

VAT and Church Buildings

VAT image20% on top of the construction cost is a lot more money to raise! Here is a guide to limiting the amount of VAT you pay. read more…

How to Raise the Money

DSC00492 copy-1200Church projects will often be funded from a variety of sources; this guide looks at where to find the money. read more…