Church Development Services has acquired AMI Church Consulting Services as the foundation for its new Church Consulting Division. With the addition of AMI’s Needs Assessment and Capital Fundraising consulting services, Church Development Services (CDS) now provides in-house consulting, design, fundraising, construction, and financing services to exclusively meet the needs of churches needing to build.
With over 25 years of church design experience and over 400 church projects, CDS has grown from being a leader in church architectural services to providing a complete suite of services. In recent years, CDS has expanded its services with the addition of a lending & financial services division, a construction management division, and with its recent acquisition, a veteran consulting division.
Steve Anderson, the founder of AMI Church Consulting Services, will join the CDS management team as VP of the new consulting division. Says Anderson, “Our consulting services are greatly enhanced by being able to do more than just make recommendations; we now have the option to implement them in a manner that saves the church time, money, and effort.”
According to Glen Trematore, CEO of Church Development Services, “Educating and ministering to churches is part of our DNA—it’s a big part of our mission, and the addition of the AMI Consulting Services Division greatly enhances this ability. I know of no one else who offers a single relationship that provides all the services a church needs in order to build.”
CDS is unique in providing a continuum of services under one roof that span from visioning to dedication ceremony. “It’s easier for the churches to develop one good relationship than many, and these efficiencies reduce their building cost and effort,” says Trematore.
Both principals agree, “We are not here to build church buildings, we are here to expand God’s Kingdom by building ministry—but when the ‘bricks and mortar’ are a stumbling block to ministry, we can help.”
Churches concur; both firms have experienced significant growth in 2010, a time when many other firms in the building trade are scrambling just to make ends meet.