December 29, 2014 / Published in Faith-Based
Church planting Seeing 'for sale" signs in front of churches has become an all-too-common site as attendance declines and congregations age. Planting a new church poses great opportunities and challenges, and should be approached like a business.
Image source: Flickr CC user Katrin We’ve just heard two different stories about congregations that planted churches. The aptly named Church of the Open Door recently started a new church in Vermilion, Ohio. When the congregation went looking for buildings this past summer, an opportunity to buy a former school administrative office seemed to fall from heaven. About 70 families are pleased to report that they’ll no longer have to drive 20 minutes to their main campus in the next town for Sunday services. By all accounts, their church planting is going well. So far, so good.
December 10, 2014 / Published in Faith-Based
Too often, church congregations put faith in their member volunteers when buying and selling property. A church must understand its needs, the property, and the marketplace when going forward.
Image source: Flickr CC user Ted Sakshaug A few Sundays ago I heard a nice story about how a church found the land where its beautiful buildings now sit. The preacher at the time spotted a ‘for sale’ sign on the lot while out driving one day. He liked the property so much that he stopped at the house. The owner came out on the porch, and the two men starting haggling. Within a few minutes, the preacher had a deal and shook firmly on it. The man’s gut and strong faith told him it was the right thing to do, even though he wasn’t sure when, or if, his church would ever build there. They did build, decades later. Well, it all worked out.
December 5, 2014 / Published in Faith-Based
After a five year partnership with the Sisters of the Holy Family in Fremont, CA, DCG is proud to announce the 15-acre Master Plan for their property was approved by the Fremont City Council in November. The Sisters have been a part of the Fremont community since 1948, when they purchased the beautiful property they
DCG’s Steffani Kizziar and her husband, Andrew Dreitcer – Associate Professor of Spirituality and Co-Director of the Claremont School of Theology’s Center for Engaged Compassion – will be participating in a Spirit of Humanity Forum in Reykjavik, Iceland from April 10-12, 2014. The aim of the Spirit of Humanity Forum is to influence effective universal
October 28, 2013 / Published in Faith-Based
Dominic Dutra, Alan Cerro, and Concetta Lewis of Dutra Cerro Graden were recently privileged to attend the Resource Center for Religious Institutes (RCRI) national conference in Anaheim, California. We participated in informative and valuable sessions that deepened our understanding of the issues and challenges facing religious orders today, and we met creative individuals engaged in
Dutra Cerro Graden (DCG) will be exhibiting at booth 212 at the 2013 Resource Center for Religious Institutes (RCRI)  National Conference in Anaheim, CA from October 22-25, 2013. The Resource Center for Religious Institutes (RCRI) is a non-profit corporation providing pertinent financial and legal resources to leadership from Catholic religious institutes and societies of apostolic life,
July 9, 2012 / Published in Faith-Based

Dutra Cerro Graden offers church sales listings.

The Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships and the Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation, in coordination with the Office of Public Engagement, invited DCG President Landis Graden to the White House on July 11 to participate in a forum discussing the importance of faith-based social innovators in addressing social issues. The event will feature
September 28, 2011 / Published in Faith-Based
Dutra-Cerro-Graden (DCG) successfully represented a client in selling a combined church and parsonage in Oakland, CA. The client initially contacted DCG for consultation on options for selling the church, which faced various challenges including a second floor that needed significant repair to be cleared from City of Oakland safety code violations. After a strong marketing
July 11, 2011 / Published in Faith-Based
In July 2011, Dutra-Cerro-Graden closed the sale of a complex 71.6 acre agricultural property in Watsonville on behalf of Salesian Society, a Roman Catholic religious order based in San Francisco. The Dalton Lane property sold for $2.8 million to an institutional agricultural investment group that required a 5% return on the property. The property had
June 20, 2011 / Published in Faith-Based
An article in The Catholic Voice, a publication of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Oakland, looks at how the Sisters of the Holy Family are able to stay true to their beliefs and values when creating a plan for their 15-acre property near Mission San Jose. The article discusses their desire to preserve the six-acre
June 8, 2011 / Published in Faith-Based
On June 5, 2011, Dutra-Cerro-Graden recieved a “Supporters of the Vision” Award of Appreciation by Glad Tidings Church. As part of their 33rd Anniversary Celebration, Bishop J. W. Macklin led the celebration which honored 33 businesses who have provided on-going support of Glad Tidings’ vision and mission. In 1978, Glad Tidings began the long-term commitment