Solutions

Project Clarity

Find Your Clear Path Forward 

Visionary pastors have no trouble imagining a building that will facilitate ministry for years to come. Getting there, on the other hand, is more complex.

Too many church projects get designed before the church and its leadership realizes that the building is out of financial reach. Why? Visionary leaders always have more vision and needs than they have resources. This results in churches spending hundreds of thousands of dollars for designs they cannot afford and losing years of progress in ministry. 

Our Clear Path Forward process starts with identifying both what is needed and also what is affordable, so that you, as a leader, have a project that meets your ministry needs and is also fundable. We combine design, finances, fundraising, giving analyses, project budgets, project schedules, ministry strategy, long term planning, multisite strategy, and the like so that you can be equipped to make great decisions at critical moments to create the highest value for your project. 

There are so many questions.

  • Will we have buy-in from your church and key leaders?

  • How do we find the right property and define the right project?

  • How do we pay for all of this?

  • How do we avoid wasting money and momentum in the process? 

Start with Your Free Analysis

Ministry Solutions Group
Architect Concept Design
ARCHITECTURAL CONCEPT SITE PLAN
MINISTRY PROGRAMMING
FLOOR PLANS
MASTER PLANNING
COLORED RENDERINGS
BUDGET DEVELOPMENT INCLUDING SITE AND SOFT COSTS
PROJECT MILESTONE SCHEDULE
BUDGET ANALYSIS
FINANCIAL STRATEGY TO SECURE FUNDING
FUNDRAISING OVERVIEW
MULTISITE STRATEGY
DONOR ANALYSIS TO DRIVE SEAT COUNTS
MULTISITE PROTOTYPES
DESIGN BUILDINGS TO BUDGETS
DESIGN BUDGETS TO BUILDINGS

Comprehensive Strategy Document

OUR CLEAR PATH FORWARD DELIVERABLE

WILL INCLUDE:

Clear Financial Strategy

  • Donor and Attendance data analysis
  • Donor Heat Maps
  • Debt Capacity Analysis
  • Fundraising Requirements and Timing
  • Analysis
  • Overall capital requirements
  • Assessment of existing real estate

Concept Design

  • Programming document including every square footage need for each ministry area
  • Bubble diagrams and space plans
  • Conceptual site plan (including parking layouts)
  • Multisite models and prototypes
  • Property Search Criteria

Budget & Timelines

  • Lease vs Purchase analysis
  • Evaluate Hard cost / site costs / soft costs
  • Meet with local general contractors
  • Project Milestone Schedule

Our People

Brittany DeRoche

PROJECT ADMINISTRATOR

Dave Dummitt

CONSULTANT, Lead Pastor, Willow Creek

Mergers, Buildings and Finance, Buildings that Fund Ministry

Derek Murphy

PROJECT MANAGER

Buildings and Finance, Project Clarity, Project Management,  Property Selection

Jan Stephens

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Nathan Artt

PRINCIPAL & FOUNDER

Buildings and Finance, Data Insights and Reporting, Digital Engagement, Multisite, Project Financing, Property Selection

Terry Campbell

DIRECTOR OF PROJECT MANAGEMENT

Buildings and Finance, Project Clarity, Project Management, Property Selection

Tom Gordon

CONSULTANT

Project Financing

Brittany DeRoche

PROJECT ADMINISTRATOR

Brittany DeRoche joined Ministry Solutions in March 2020 as a Project Administrator. She brings over 19 years of experience to the team with a diverse background in customer service, project management, logistics, and marketing.
 
Brittany is responsible for providing administrative support to the project managers. She helps them stay organized, on track, and ensures that all items are progressing well for project success. With her diverse skill sets and extensive experience, she can perform various roles within the project management department, such as developing and managing project schedules, managing calendars, creating project documents, and streamlining processes to enhance productivity in the company.
 
Brittany also has a key role on the activated spaces team, leading the process of childcare partnerships.

Brittany is happily married to her best friend Peter and together they have four children: Hannah, Amelia, Sean, and Olivia. As a family, they love spending time outdoors, camping, and traveling. Despite their busy schedules, they still make time for each other. In addition to her career and family, Brittany is an ultra-runner, triathlete, coffee aficionado, and nutrition enthusiast. Her dedication to athletics is reflected in her daily life and work, and she doesn't let obstacles get in her way. Brittany is a woman of great faith, always looking for the positives in life, and inspiring others with her positive outlook.

Dave Dummitt

CONSULTANT, Lead Pastor, Willow Creek

Mergers, Buildings and Finance, Buildings that Fund Ministry

David Dummitt is the Senior Pastor of Willow Creek Community Church. He is an innovative, entrepreneurial pastor and leader with a strong passion for helping people take the first and next steps with God. He is known for his collaborative leadership style, ability to build strong teams, and future-focused missional-facility development.

Before his role at Willow, Dave served as the Founding and Lead Pastor of 2|42 Community Church, ranked by Outreach Magazine for seven years in a row as one of the largest and fastest-growing churches in America. Under Dave’s leadership, 2|42 grew from a 40-member launch team meeting in Dave’s living room to over 10,000 people meeting at seven different campuses each weekend.  2|42 was built as a church committed to community outreach and radical generosity and is nationally known for award-winning public community centers comprised of indoor sports and fitness facilities, cafes, playscapes for kids, and a school for the arts.   

Dave has significant experience navigating the complexities of expansion and growth in ministries of all types and sizes and has a strong understanding of missional facility development and leadership strategy. He previously served as the North American Regional Director for NewThing, a global church-planting network. Under Dave’s leadership, 2|42 helped to plant over 30 churches. 
Dave is skilled at developing compelling missional facilities and equipping church leaders to maximize their impact through community engagement. Dave also helps leaders grow and multiply healthy teams, cultivate great culture, and develop strong systems that support growing churches. 

Dave has led 2|42 through several generosity campaigns, totaling more than 33 million dollars. His business savvy combined with his pastoral leadership allowed him to serve on the board of the Solomon Foundation, the fastest-growing church extension fund in history, with assets totaling over 500 million dollars in seven years. Additionally, Dave partnered with two gifted technology developers to create GYVE, an innovative generosity development tool for churches and nonprofits.  

Dave holds a BA in Bible and Theology from Wheaton College. He and his wife, Rachel, reside in Crystal Lake, Illinois, and have four children. 

Derek Murphy

PROJECT MANAGER

Buildings and Finance, Project Clarity, Project Management,  Property Selection

Being passionate in pursuit of Christ Jesus, Derek’s devotion to the building of God’s kingdom is amplified by 26 years of professional commercial construction building experience. Derek served alongside Ministry Solutions as the General Contractor on a large project 2 years prior to coming on board and is a dynamic fit to the vision and service of the Ministry Solutions Team.


Derek is a graduate of the Auburn University Building Science program and was a Project Executive within his general construction firm for the previous 8 years. His career has provided a variety of different building experiences including government, military installations, municipal, health care, large commercial, multifamily, and education. With a strong heart for ministry and service, Derek has always felt a special calling to the multiple church building projects within this portfolio.    


Derek Murphy joined Ministry Solutions in October 2022, serving as a Project Manager. The Project Manager’s primary role is to give special attention to design goals and deadlines, construction milestones, budgetary goals, and quality assurance to building standards while maintaining a strong and efficient team synergy. The Project Manager assists the owner in the selection of the construction team and vendors, will lead all project meetings, develop and maintain the overall project schedule, establish the project budget, and manage the project expectations from start to finish, documenting all processes for the client to ensure quality guidance in all decision-making processes.


Derek resides on a small farm south of Nashville, Tennessee with his wife Emily where they homeschool their children, Ella, Evan, and Emmett. Derek is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys hunting, backpacking, and kayaking with his family, and serves as the men's minister within his local church congregation.

Jan Stephens

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

With 20+ years of experience in the public, private, and faith-based sectors, Jan is passionate about using her skills to advance God's Kingdom.


Since 2018, she has served as the Executive Director of Ministry Solutions, specializing in operations, systems, and processes. Her leadership and oversight span across multiple business disciplines of operational functions. Jan has also held positions in Operations, Administration, Human Resources, and Risk Management throughout her career. She earned a B.B.A. in Management from Georgia College and State University.


Jan is happily married to her best friend, Keith, and enjoys performing together on their church's praise team and spending time with family. During her free time, Jan likes to read, swim, cycle, and go to the beach as often as possible!

Nathan Artt

PRINCIPAL & FOUNDER

Buildings and Finance, Data Insights and Reporting, Digital Engagement, Multisite, Project Financing, Property Selection

Nathan is the principal and founder of Ministry Solutions Group, an organization located in Atlanta, GA that assists churches with intelligent growth strategies. In his role at Ministry Solutions, Nathan has the responsibility of identifying and engaging the best leaders in business and in ministry to equip leaders for the Church of the Future. Since 2012, Ministry Solutions Group has managed and funded over $1B in church projects across North America and has led a small but experienced team in helping some of the largest and fastest-growing churches in America develop strategies for growth. 

After becoming a Christian at Buckhead Church in 2010, Nathan Artt started Ministry Solutions Group in late 2012,  following a successful career in commercial real estate, banking, and private equity. Nathan left his position as the SVP of Corporate Development at one of the largest financial firms in the country to follow a passion to see the local church accelerate growth. His leadership has helped grow a small, one-man shop serving a few churches per year to a boutique, mid-size consulting firm with over $1 Billion in successfully funded and managed church projects.

Nathan has two wonderful children; Canaan and Evie. In his spare time, he loves anything that involves his kids' desire for adventures, exploring Atlanta, and writing. He and his family are members of Grace Midtown Church in Atlanta, GA, and enjoy volunteering in various ministries there.

Terry Campbell

DIRECTOR OF PROJECT MANAGEMENT

Buildings and Finance, Project Clarity, Project Management, Property Selection

Terry’s diverse construction background, leadership, problem-solving abilities, thoroughness, and 100% project success rate of time and budget adherence brings several elements to every project for success.

Terry graduated from The Citadel in Charleston, SC, with a Civil Engineering degree and has worked in the construction industry for over 25 years. Over his career, Terry has been a part of managing over 1 billion dollars of construction.  During this time, he is most proud of his work in the ministry environment, where has not only built churches as the general contractor but also managed them as an owner representative for a variety of churches. Terry has also worked for one of the largest construction management/program management/architectural firms (Heery International) for a great deal of his career as a Senior Project Manager. There, he was part of the management team for the Atlanta Aquarium project, one of the largest in the world. Terry also brings a unique element to project management due to being a former Building Official, which helps bring a higher level of quality control to all projects that he is involved in.  One of Terry’s most notable projects is completing the Airport People Mover at the Atlanta Airport where he was tasked as the overall manager for the project. Terry has always had a desire for ministry and looks forward to enhancing and ensuring success for all projects he is involved in.

Terry Campbell joined Ministry Solutions in May 2019 as a Project Manager. Terry’s role as an Owner’s Representative is to lead the church during the design development of the project, specifically to lead the team of consultants through the planning and construction of the project, keeping the team accountable to the goals of schedule, budget, and quality. This includes facilitating the selection of the construction team and vendors, leading project meetings, developing the project schedule, creating and tracking the project budget, project cost control, consultant management, documenting and managing the project expectations, as well as guiding the client in the decision-making process. 

Tom Gordon

CONSULTANT

Project Financing

Tom has worked in the corporate lending arena for more than 30 years, helping to finance complex capital expenditures by providing analysis, structuring, guidance, and negotiations on behalf of clients. Tom brings a deep level of experience to Ministry Solutions’ clients, having been involved in more than $1 billion dollars of financing involving many types of financial structures throughout his career.

Tom's primary role with Ministry Solutions is to work with lenders to provide optimal financing alternatives for our clients. He creates a consensus with the church leadership on a loan request amount and its timing, then creates and presents the loan request for multiple funding institutions’ review. After approval, Tom will lead the negotiation on terms and conditions, and walk with the church through loan closing. Tom also conducts all of the financial data analysis and provides project budget oversight during the pre-construction loan process.

Tom graduated from Oral Roberts University in 1986 and, over the years, has regularly volunteered at church and other civic organizations, including serving on various oversight committees at church, as home group leader, on the worship team, in the children’s ministry, and the maintenance team. For several years Tom also served on the Central Florida Board for United Way in the capacity that distributes funds throughout central Florida, and on the Board of Directors for a crisis center for women where Tom and his family have volunteered for 20 years.  

Grace Community Church

“The Ministry Solutions team is worth their weight in gold. Even though this is our first building project, we navigated complicated decisions quickly and confidently thanks to the expertise of this team. They've paid for themselves ten times over in the money they've saved us on this project.”

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Derek Adye

Executive Pastor

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