What is a Feasibility Study?

A feasibility study is conducted to determine the viability of an idea. It considers 1) the financial cost of implementing an idea; 2) contra-indicators that might prohibit implementation; and, 3) the risks/rewards should the idea go forward.

The recent Feasibility Study conducted by IMF and Frank Wood included all of the above. The purpose was to consider ways to upgrade, remodel, or build on our current property. The ministry vision is to better connect people to Jesus and each other.

The findings?  Costs are significant but not prohibitive. Local zoning laws and building codes are favorable. Inherent risks are related to our willingness to change our methods. We will not do anything that would compromise our biblical message and mission.

The study saves us time, money, and heartache later by helping us to pre-sort what is feasible. We are healthy and positioned to change for greater ministry effectiveness, if we can go forward together.

Sorting “plan be” from “plan not-to-be”

The feasibility study gives us a starting point, not an ending point.

“Don’t expect one alternative to “jump off the page” as being the best scenario. Feasibility studies do not suddenly become positive or negative. As you accumulate information and investigate alternatives, neither a positive nor negative outcome may emerge.  The decision of whether to proceed is often not clear cut. Major stumbling blocks may emerge that negate the project. Sometimes these weaknesses can be overcome. Rarely does the analysis come out overwhelmingly positive. The study will help you assess the tradeoff between the risks and rewards of moving forward . . .”   http://www.extension.iastate.edu/agdm/wholefarm/html/c5-65.html

The study must be evaluated carefully to eliminate scenarios that don’t make sense, and to explore the most promising ones more fully. We also will gather input from end-users; those people who spend the most time in the nursery, kitchen, classrooms, etc.

Some assembly required

We are assembling a project team including at least one elder, one deacon and 3-5 people suggested by the church congregation. They will report to the elders who will report to the congregation a way forward to implement “plan be.”

2 Thoughts on “Feasibility Study, Finding “Plan Be”

  1. Keith Baldwin on May 30, 2015 at 9:50 pm said:

    The title of the blog caught me eye and the content stirred my excitement of God again on the move in Silverton First Baptist Church.

    In “The Best of A.W. Tozer”, excerpt from ‘Paths to Power’, Miracles Follow the Plow, Tozer discusses two types of ground, fallow ground and the plowed ground / two kinds of lives, the fallow and the plowed.

    As one of several people enjoying the church’s community garden, I can safely say, there wouldn’t be the commitment to the prepare the soil for planting, plant various seeds and starts, and nurture the plants unless we expected to reap a harvest.

    Tozer challenges me to avoid being safe and contented, which may lead to fallowness of life and resistance to what it takes to become fruitful. A life or church, yielded to the Master’s hand may involve challenges and unforeseen adventures, but God is at work for good. Tozer warns us that “to be” can take the place of “to become”.

    I believe God is continuing to move at SFB in ways that will bring fruitfulness for Silverton and His kingdom.

  2. Tom Bashor on December 25, 2015 at 2:22 pm said:

    Could we ad another service Saturday night or Sunday night targeting the 18 – 30 year olds and young families. This would be an outreach to an under served group in this community.

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