Church Building

Church Building

The Bible clearly teaches that God cannot be contained in a building; neither should a church’s ministry be contained within a building. Instead, it should use its buildings as a platform from which it should launch its ministry into the community.

Help With New Construction or Renovations:
The State Board of Missions offers church building services to the congregations of the Alabama Baptist Convention in three basic ways:
1) We try to help churches to not over build.
2) We try to help churches to not under build.
3) We try to help churches to not mis-build.

Church Building Consultations:
To arrange for a free on-site consultation, contact State Missionary Mel Johnson toll free at 1-800-264-1225, ext 389, direct at 334-613-2389 or email:

Capital Fundraising:
The State Board of Missions is committed to help churches with Capital Fundraising needs as well. To find out more about capital fundraising campaigns, contact State Missionary Jim Swedenburg in the office of Cooperative Program & Stewardship Development at 1-800-264-1225, ext. 283, direct at 334-613-2283 or by email at

State Board of Missions Resources:

Constructing New Churches in Alabama: A Summary Guide
List of Architects and Vendors Working in Alabama
• Church Facility Survey Opinionaire .pdf  .doc
Church Building Accessibility Survey
Church Weekday Education Facility Details
Guidelines for Church Signs
• Church Building Services Videos

Lifeway Resources: 

Rules of Thumb: Space and Dimension Recommendations
Church Growth and Church Facilities
The Planning and Building Process
Selecting the Right Architect
Student Ministry Space
Preschool Guidelines
Recommendations for Preschool Floors
Recreation Facility Checklist
Plan and Build with A Winning Attitude
User Friendly Church
• LifeWay's Church Architecture Department

North American Mission Board Resources: 

Church Construction Resource Guide 
Volunteer Construction Resource Guide
Interim Space Guide
After A Disaster Booklet


Church Buildings is a ministry of the office of Global Missions