About the Seminar

Whether you’re considering remodeling, new construction or an interior refresh, learn how to:

  • Get started — Steps for initiating a building program, from determining your needs to formulating effective building committees
  • Develop a master plan — Guidelines for strategic site and long-range planning for your facilities
  • Communicate through technology — Developing your budget for sound, video, and lighting systems
  • Secure financial resources — Best practices for fundraising and options for financing
  • Choose the best team — Criteria and steps for selecting the right architect, builder, fundraiser and lender for your needs
  • Maximize your investment — Methods of achieving best value in your project design and construction
  • Avoid pitfalls in planning and construction — Examples of common mistakes churches and schools make, and real examples of local projects and what made them successful
  • Take home a valuable workbook — Including handouts from every session

Who should attend?

  • Building Committee Members
  • Finance and Planning Committee Members
  • Pastors
  • Interested Lay People
  • Trustees
  • Church Business Managers
  • Facility Managers

Seminar Topics

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Casting a Vision for a Facility

Learn the latest trends for ministries today and the important steps for initiating a building program, including: determining your needs; formulating effective building committees; criteria for choosing an architect, contractor, lender, and fundraiser; building analysis and site acquisition; guidelines for optimal site and long-range planning for your facilities; common mistakes churches make and how to avoid them; and more.

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Worship and Technology

Faith facilities today face a big challenge: communicating a timeless message through modern means. Reaching a younger generation while still serving an aging congregation can be difficult, and convincing a church board to invest in that can be even more difficult. Learn how your budget should be developed for the technology piece of your building.

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Generosity Initiatives

Through practical tools and previous project examples, learn how to test the readiness of your congregation/parish for a fundraising effort and how to achieve maximum success of a funds appeal based on your faith community's unique culture and current challenges. Discover techniques that build collaboration and ownership, incorporate stewardship principles, and develop a sequence of process-driven action steps that will increase your fundraising success.

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Going to the Bank

Learn about how you can borrow, what the bank looks for in underwriting the financial request, typical financial structures during construction, as well as permanent financing options and what church organizations can do in the planning process prior to presenting a loan request.

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Building it Right

Learn the pros and cons of popular construction contractual relationships, and how to choose what's best for your needs. Hear examples of local projects and what made them successful, along with methods of achieving best value in your project through the preconstruction and construction processes, and more.

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“I’ve Been Through It”

A former Building and Grounds Director shares experience with construction projects of various sizes, managing multiple sites, and general day-to-day operations tasks. Learn what it takes to communicate with the congregation, make financial and fundraising decisions, choose and work with an architect and contractor, and how to maximize your investment.



Station 19 Architects, Inc. has worked with over 600 unique ministries over three decades with the understanding that an innovative (creative) and responsive (appropriate) design comes out of a strong Collaborative Team process. We are dedicated to faith, trust and visioning, striving to help churches maintain a full and balanced ministry. Our philosophy of “problem clarification” allows for flexibility. We believe that service to our clients is a first priority and their long term satisfaction is a close second.


Langer Construction specializes in working with congregations to help them realize their goals and dreams. Established in 1946, the company has completed over 400 church related projects ranging in both size and complexity; including ongoing service work, minor remodeling, major additions, and new buildings to serve Christ. Langer Construction is known in the industry for providing churches with the highest quality and value for their construction dollar, and will do whatever it takes to make your vision a reality.

Hal Johnson and Associates

Hal Johnson and Associates offers 40+ years of experience in church communication, strategic planning and fundraising direction, and has guided 254 clients to raise over $277,000,000 for church/school operating revenue, debt retirement, deferred repairs and improvements, endowment, and facility expansion.


Nicole Thompson

Kevin Crow

Hal Johnson

Mark Thomas

Russ Zellmer

Jeff Johnson



Eden Prairie Assembly of God

16591 Duck Lake Trail
Eden Prairie, MN 55346


From 94

Exit Huron Blvd
At University Ave Turn Left (West)
After One Block Turn Right on Oak Street
Immediately Turn Left into Parking Lot Behind Old Fire Station 19

From 35W

Exit University Ave/4th Street
Turn onto University Ave (One Way Heading East)
Turn Left on Oak Street (Two Way Street)
Immediately Turn Left into Parking Lot Behind Old Fire Station 19
Reserved Parking spaces are available on the North side of the lot, along the wood fence they are labeled 1 – 15.

For further directions

call (612) 623-1800 or (800) 488-5821

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