Renovating a house is a great way for a church to raise funds for missions support - if the project succeeds. Habitat for Missions (HFM) works closely with our church partners to help make sure that happens.
To date, HFM has partnered with more than 30 churches and more than 3,000 volunteers on projects in Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, New York and South Carolina, generating more than $500,000 in missions support.
Our involvement with a prospective church partner usually begins with a presentation to the church's pastor and/or other church leaders. With them on board, the next step is a presentation to the congregation by an HFM staff member, who explains the process and motivates the church to embrace the project. If the church decides to proceed, HFM draws on our extensive experience and proven methods to assist the church with every aspect of the process:
- Selecting key members of the leadership team, including a project manager (ideally with building trades experience), a local realtor, a finance manager and a prayer team leader;
- Recruiting volunteers to work on the project;
- Selecting a project house with significant profit potential;
- Negotiating the purchase terms and price;
- Drafting the project plan, schedule and budget;
- Monitoring progress of the project; and
- Marketing the renovated house and closing the sale.
Capital to purchase the project house and the materials and products used in the renovation is provided by HFM investors. As the renovation proceeds, HFM works with the leaders of the project to ensure that it progresses on plan, on schedule and on budget.
Churches that cannot tackle a renovation project on their own can still help raise funds for global missions by assisting a nearby church with its with its project – a great way to strengthen ties among churches in a community or within a denomination. Individuals who lack the time or physical ability to participate on a work team also can get involved by becoming an HFM donor or investor.