I’m stumbling my way as a quasi “project manager” for our church remodel. Ahh, add more lessons learned via planting Quest six years ago. Ready or not, we’ll cross the parking lot and return back to our new “traditional” church building on Sunday, September 23.
We’re about 70% done with what we need to do. This would have been a far easier thing if we had the money to simply HIRE OUT for the entire thing but so goes the law of economics. With 70K, we’ve needed to basically remodel the entire church building that was built almost 40 years ago:
- New Exterior Paint
- New Interior Paint Everywhere
- Stain Beams
- Remove Pews and Purchase New Chairs
- Build two Extensions for the Sanctuary
- Create New Family Room [cryroom]
- Update Moms’ Nursing Room
- Paint Doors and Re-Trim everything
- Remove a Part of the Stage and Extend Stage
- Complete New Sound System
- Stage Lighting for Sanctuary
- New Fencing for the Backyard
- New Landscaping
- Roof Repair
- New Signage
- And Lots and Lots of Small Minor Things [emphasis on LOTS]
When half of the 70K budget is spent on new sanctuary chairs and sound system purchases, you’re not left with much. This is the reason why 80% of the work that we’re doing is done w/ church volunteers. We’re blessed with having couple architects, interior designers, several professional contractors/project managers, graphic designers, a landscape architect and friends of quest that include a seamstress, a structural engineer, a roofer, and whatever else comes up. We’re also blessed with the staff that have worked overtime to help lead the volunteer work parties in the evenings.
- Colors you see in paint swatch come out differently when you paint in on the wall or building. This was a painful lesson but we feel like we got the right colors…
- Stained beams looks incredible.
- Having volunteers are great.
- Having volunteers with experience is better.
- But having volunteers – regardless - is just wonderful.
- Make sure you order the right paint. Ordered semi-gloss paint for all our doors but needed to have purchased “quick dry” paint but instead, ordered the normal paint which takes 24 hours to dry…which means that the church was without doors over night…which means I needed to sleep at the church.
- BE FLEXIBLE
That’s something you can’t necessary ask others to volunteer for – especially last minute. But fortunately, two guys “volunteered” to hold the fort down with me. I’m thankful for George and Jin – two brothers amongst the seven folks the joined our first bible study over six years ago. We’ve had out tiffs and spiffs, but they have been some of the most loyal and dependable friends and partners in ministry.
Thanks George and Jin for being there last night and freezing on the floor with me.