Tools & Analytics

Seeds of Change

Seeds of Change is a course originally introduced by Wesley Community Development of North Carolina in 2016, beginning as a two-day, in-person learning event typically comprising a pastor and at least two non-clergy lay members.

The course was suspended with the emergence of COVID, granting Wesley CDC the opportunity to recreate Seeds of Change into an inspired, digital platform inclusive of additional case-studies, success stories, and innovative avenues for the church to reimagine, repurpose, and redevelop their real estate assets.

Streamlining the course into an electronic platform has allowed Wesley CDC to expand access to more churches and church leaders, and simultaneously affording us the ability continually and consistently amend and add to the course contents.

Current module offerings include subjects ranging from Church and Community Assessment Best Practices to Discerning Options for Churches Seeking Increased Sustainability. Seeds of Change is a vital component of the Blueprint Network experience, and it offers church leaders practical and valuable information on how to leverage their respective churches’ real estate assets in an effort to maintain and expand opportunities to be of service to their local communities.

Effective Impact Tool

This involves the actual measuring of the building, defining spaces and the appropriate common area factor and then incorporating the usage using the church’s calendar of events. The result is a very defined usage graph that is informative to all future discussions about the campus. When this tool is paired with the Financial Forecasting Tool, a clear understanding of what each space is costing the church can be realized. This is helpful when engaging what appropriate break-even rental rates for church square footage should be. It also clearly identifies which portions of the building are most expensive to occupy.

Financial Projection Tool

Report shows the financial trajectory of the church based off life stage giving, building expenses, church budget, and financial reserves. The resulting graphic uses census actuarial data and rolling inflation averages to project when the church’s financial health will reach critical levels. Modifications based on revised projections and alternates sources of revenue can be made and analyzed as well. The result is a graph that forecasts when the church will be faced with a difficult financial decision. This tool not only highlights the need for an innovative approach to church revenue but offers ways to discover how different directives like attract new membership, leasing portions of the facility, diversifying investments, or selling real estate can impact the trajectory and overall health of the church.

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