1. Look for involved members
More than anything else you need a group that holds the ministry of the church and values the leadership in place. They need to understand how things work around the church and the more involved they are, the better of a fit they tend to be.
2. Look for visionaries
A building project is a chance to grow, to renew as a body and to serve at a greater capacity; it takes vision to look ahead, not back and truly grow into the future the Lord is leading you into. The team in place needs to be aligned in their vision and courageous and bold enough to stand steadfast during the ups and the downs.
3. Look for mature leaders
When this group reports back to the congregation, it makes a significant difference if they are respected laypersons who are trusted to lead.
4. Look for experienced, committed individuals
This group will be under stress, individually and as a group. If they do not know how to conduct themselves, they could exit the group in difficult times and directly or indirectly hurt the process and the others involved.
5. Look for members with time to contribute
If someone missed three meetings and then came in on the next and had new ideas without context, it is very destructive to the process. The members need to be present at every meeting so they can grow with the process.
6. Look for trusted members
If the congregation fully trusts the committee members, the process of telling the story, answering questions and gaining buy-in from the congregation will be fruitful and will bring unity rather than sow discord.
7. Look for trusted members
They need to have grace and calm and be able to bear under difficulty in a way that develops peace and solves problems.
After these core members are selected, there are some additions you could make:
- Constituent leaders (youth, women, young married, seniors) can be added to make sure the congregation knows they have a voice.
- People with the ability to help finance the project. Let’s face it – it never hurts.
- People with technical ability (architects, builders, lawyers, sub-trades) a little goes a long way here, be careful.
People to avoid: