Completing new construction or renovation in phases insures that a church building is usable as soon as possible or remains at least partly usable while work is being done. Because even replacing windows can halt services completely in a small church building, phasing saves down time and money.
Phasing in small church building is so important to the operations of a church that building committees must study from the time a congregation votes to build. According to “Before You Build” from MinistryToday magazine, planners can phase a project based on the answers to questions such as “Do you expect a new building to allow your whole church to meet at one time?” and “Do you need to increase membership to pay for the increased debt of a new facility?” Especially in small churches where money is an issue, no building should start until the congregation understands the conditions under which services can be held. Church leadership should also understand how long it will before revenue streams such as weddings, civic meetings, garage sales and other fundraisers can be scheduled.
The article “20 Oversights Modern Churches Make in Design & Construction”offers further considerations for planning phases such as avoiding building single-use spaces. In order to make a building project feasible, the new or renovated space should be available to house almost all the other functions of the church.