Mountain and lake reflection

Soon (I hope), it will be Spring where I live, and with it will come a season of refreshment and renewal. After a long winter, life will return, and the brown and gray will give way to an amazing display of colors and textures. I can’t wait!

Just as there are seasons in nature, the churches we work with go through seasons too.

We just finished working with a 160-year-old church that’s a great example. It started with a referral from our district staff and a call I had with the senior pastor. The church was in a period of renewal of mission, vision, and values and was beginning to think what that might look like in all aspects of their ministry.

Part of the church’s plan was renewing their majestic church building, which, honestly, needed some help. Accessibility was limited, rooms were the wrong size and in the wrong place, there was an addition that honestly looked dreadful, and they had suffered a fire about 15 years earlier. But there were good bones, rich history, and a commitment to “stay” and minister where they had been planted so many years earlier.

I talked with the pastor about architects and building contractors, and how to find and evaluate them. We talked about how most churches need cash on hand, plus a capital campaign, plus a mortgage of some sort, and the importance of “counting the cost” before going too far, so that appropriate financial and facility targets can be set.

CIF loves providing “no obligation” consultative services like this that are up front and early in the process, because they help ensure that later steps and decisions can be made successfully. These early discussions are frequently also the basis of great future partnership, because we get to know the church and they get to know CIF.

Over the past three years, we have worked with this church in a variety of ways. First in the conceptual stages as they envisioned a refreshed facility that would honor their historic roots, while providing welcoming, accessible, and updated spaces for all ages and stages: creating better opportunities for learning, spiritual growth, and relational connectedness.

Next, we helped the church with a successful campaign honoring their history while raising funds to facilitate their vision of a renewed facility.

Lastly and more recently, we’ve worked with them on their building project, providing the financing/mortgage using funds invested with CIF by Kingdom-minded individuals and churches around the country.

We continue to work consultatively during the construction process on things like legal documents, contractor payments, managing budgets, coordinating schedules, avoiding mechanics liens, and ultimately getting through that last “punch list” of things to be done before occupancy.

And now, as this project nears completion, the church—the people who make up this local assembly—anticipate having new facility tools in their ministry toolbox.

As Spring approaches, what renewed or new things are you thinking about for your church? How can CIF’s consultative approach help you as you plan, strategize, and raise funds?

And when the time comes, how can CIF partner with your church on a loan that will help you maximize your mission impact?

If you’re thinking about building, expanding, remodeling, refinancing, or relocating, we’d love to talk with you to see how we can come alongside and help you achieve the vision God has given you.

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