Churches understand what it means to serve. To sacrifice. They care for their congregants and their communities without fanfare or reward. Until they can’t anymore. Declining church attendance is already more the rule than the exception. Add on a housing crisis, and mere survival has become increasingly difficult for churches in the Bay Area, as
April 18, 2019 / Published in Faith-Based
Churches are built on relationships. But what does a church do when it’s time to renegotiate a lease with a decades-old building tenant? New Bridges Presbyterian Church in Hayward, California, had old leases that were holding it back. The leadership learned it can be helpful to have a third-party professional on hand to look out
January 14, 2019 / Published in Faith-Based
One for-profit business selling property to another is straightforward, as is one nonprofit organization selling a property to another. But what about a husband and wife who want to sell a rental property so that it sustains them in retirement but also want to ensure that the property continues to do good in the community?
December 10, 2018 / Published in Faith-Based
American churches are finding that their buildings are no longer the community social landmark they once were. A decrease in faith is partially to blame; the percentage of adults who identify as Christian dropped from 78.4% in 2008 to 70.6% in the latest Pew survey. The greatest decline can be seen in mainline Protestant churches
November 26, 2018 / Published in Faith-Based
On average, cars spend 95 percent of the day parked, doing nothing. That’s a big part of why Uber has taken off. It gives drivers the opportunity to put those wasted hours to use. Think about your church building. On average, how often is it used? On Sundays, for sure, and maybe Wednesday nights. But
October 18, 2018 / Published in Faith-Based
Correcting out-of-date and inaccurate property titles isn’t on the top of many to-do lists, but the consequences of ignoring them could prove dramatic, especially if the congregation decides to sell the property. The best way to avoid any property title pitfalls is to pull a preliminary title report. The report contains a host of information,
September 18, 2018 / Published in Faith-Based
In 2015, when Resonate Church moved its Sunday services to the American High School gymnasium in Fremont, California, church leaders already knew they couldn’t stay there long. The gym was big enough for the church’s growing membership, but it came with many downsides. Every Sunday morning, 50 volunteers spent 90 minutes setting up for service:
September 17, 2018 / Published in Faith-Based
Nothing causes anxiety quite like an expensive emergency repair. However, most “emergencies” are a lot more preventable than you may think. It’s true that you can’t avoid your church building’s roof, foundation, plumbing and electrical systems from ever failing. But you can anticipate those failures, plan for them and address problems in their infancy before
DCG Strategies is proud to announce that our CEO, Landis Graden, will have the privilege of speaking at the 2018 Kingdom & Community Development Conference in Pasadena. This conference will focus on how to equip church leaders for effective community outreach and ministry. The conference host, The Urban Outreach Foundation, specializes in strengthening local churches
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September 7, 2018 / Published in Faith-Based
Churches of different sizes have very different property needs. Some congregations love and serve their communities with a steeple and pews. Others need kitchen space, classroom space and seating for 800 people. These buildings don’t come off the rack. Finding a space big enough for a large congregation presents unique challenges in the property-buying process
Managing a church’s assets, including its parsonage and other real estate properties, is all about stewardship — making sure every dollar spent maximizes the work of the church. Thinking strategically about how your real estate assets can further your community mission, both now and in the future, is an exercise every congregation should go through
Centerville Presbyterian Church (“Centerville”) is similar to many other churches throughout California, facing the very real and growing challenge of affordable housing for key staff (youth , music, associate and other pastors and administrative staff). The church begun to realize that it could no longer sit passively while their staff endured a daily commute of