Christ Unveiled Ministries was a design-build new construction expansion facility, which included a 300 seat auditorium and commons area.
By developing and collecting data specific to Christ Unveiled Ministries, Goff Companies was able to analyze, summarize and compare "Inside the Doors" and "Outside the Doors" ministry data, and provide a strategy for growth and expansion while maintaining the financial health of the church.
We used our proprietary process to provide Christ Unveiled Ministries a sequential step-by-step approach to break down this process into phases. The phases included: the pastor's vision definition and goals, gathering data to determine current and future profiles of the church and surrounding community, understanding existing facility usage and capacity, analysis and alignment of the gathered data, prioritizing, and finally planning for vision advancement.
New Campus Construction (Christ Unveiled Minstries)
Project Size: 1-300 seats
Completion Date: March 25, 2015
The goal was to understand the vision of Christ Unveiled Ministries, and determine how to best optimize the current facility to ensure continued Worship and education growth, as well as develop a strategy for a second campus location. For the second campus location, we determined the appropriate Phase I Scope and future master plan requirements. In order for the vision to succeed, Goff Companies looked at five important components:
- Is there enough physical usable space on site to accommodate growth?
- Is there enough room on site to add additional required parking?
- Is there enough education space to support the main Worship space?
- Does the church have the financial capacity and willingness to service expansion debt?
- How much money should the church budget for expansion?
Dynamic Children's Ministry Space
Goff Companies believed an opportunity for growth at Christ Unveiled Ministries existed in developing an adequately spacious, dedicated and dynamic ministry space for Children. There was no existing nursery, and the space currently allocated for Children was inadequate to attract young families with children and offered no room for growth. The space had little or no theming to make it attractive or interesting for children, who are accustomed to such in other venues they typically attend.
We envisioned a dedicated and secured space for children of all ages that could themed to attract the attention of young families and their children. It is our experience that growing churches offer programming for children to include both an exciting assembly area and breakout venues for small group discipleship.
Worship Center Seats
The current Worship Center had pews with a seating capacity of approximately 125. The largest attended service was averaging approximately 84% capacity. It is our experience that churches have difficulty maintaining attendance above 80% capacity for extended periods without a plan for expansion.
On-site parking was barely adequate for current building capacity and allows no room for growth. The number of seats (125) compared to the total number of actual cars (61) indicated the church is utilizing 1 parking space for every 2.05 seats. Using this ratio, the church required additional parking in order to accommodate additional attendees.
Recommendations & Solutions
Based upon our analysis, it was our recommendation that the church prioritize its efforts in the following areas:
Increase net usable land area (by purchasing adjacent 2.5 acre parcel).
Build on the newly acquired property a building with space for an enlarged Worship Venue, dedicated Children's space and additional parking.
Continue to utilize the existing building for ministry functions including a dedicated Youth venue.
These recommendations were well received and subsequently implemented with a phased strategy, starting with the construction of a larger Worship Center, with associated Commons and support functions. This would be followed by additional phases, as funds become available, for children's education assembly and classroom space.
The new worship facility and commons was constructed in 12 months, which was shorter than the projected timeline of 14 months. Additionally, the budget provided to construct the facility increased by less than one (1 percent) percent due to unforeseen conditions with utility tie-ins. During the Dedication Service, the Pastor praised the efforts of Goff Companies for helping the Church achieve their vision.