… A network of Baptist Laypersons with a vision in their hearts to build churches for Congregations who are actively leading others to know Christ as Savior.
Builders for Christ is a network of volunteer teams who offer to assist Southern Baptists in building Churches in locations which appear to be in significant need of Evangelism. Some of our Teams have been active in this Ministry for over twenty years; the association of our Teams, focused with a coordinated effort towards a specific project, began in 1981. Forty-six projects have been completed in Oklahoma, Massachusetts, Wisconsin, Connecticut, Michigan, Illinois, Ohio, New Hampshire, Maine, Kansas, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Nebraska, Missouri, Colorado, and Indiana. Our focus is New England and the upper Midwest. For the past several years, we have undertaken three projects annually.
Our services include analytical and organizational advice to the recipient Church throughout the planning process. This includes financial planning, Capital Stewardship Campaign consultation, site analysis, consultation on master planning, consultation on architectural design, construction systems advice, and construction material estimating. We also offer consultation to support your logistical planning for many services required as you partner with volunteers to meet their needs for food, lodging, transportation, etc. This creates a coordinated approach to receive those volunteers.
As Construction Missionaries, we offer assistance to the host Church with wood framing, electrical conduits, wiring, electrical service and fixtures, plumbing rough-ins, HVAC ductwork and piping, roofing, drywall installation, cabinetwork, finish carpentry, door and hardware installation, brick veneer masonry, relatively light steel framing and painting. We do not have experience with heavy steel framing, load bearing masonry, or low-slope roofing. Our experience is with very large wood-frame Church Buildings. Many of them have some steel columns and beams, or laminated wood beams. In recent years about 1,400 volunteers have networked to construct the three annual projects from 82 of the Churches who partner together as Construction Missionaries.
The host Church must pay for the land, sitework, slabwork, building materials, equipment, design, project development costs and for either supplemental labor, or they must complete the work themselves. Completion of the project to any extent necessary to ensure that the building quickly becomes a Tool of Ministry rests with the local Congregation. Logistical preparations and support of the volunteers is essential and significant even though each of the volunteers pay for all of our expenses to travel to the project site and for food and lodging while there for our Mission work.
Our Ministry is God…to proclaim His Kingdom. Great commitment by the Host Church, as well as the individuals who make up the Builders for Christ Network, has allowed the destiny of forty Churches to be enhanced with additional Tools of their Ministries to accomplish His purposes.