So, what is a “master plan”? Here is what I believe is the best and most concise definition: a vision of the future, beginning with today’s realities. That may sound overly simplistic, but that is the true essence of what a (any) master plan really is. Did you noticed that I did not say anything about a piece of property or buildings or parking lots or any other physical attribute?

Not having a “vision of the future” will leave you in the same predicament as Alice…no direction…no clear reason why you are going anywhere…just going somewhere because you can. That is why this “facility guy” understands that master planning is a four pronged process and that all four are of equal importance and all of them essential to having a successful process.

Here are the 4 essential master plans:
1. Ministry Master Plan
2. Financial Master Plan
3. Facility Master Plan
4. Sustainability Master Plan

About the speaker

Tim Cool

Tim Cool
Cool Solutions Group

Tim Cool is founder of Cool Solutions Group, and has assisted nearly 400 churches, (equating to over 4 Million Sq Ft) throughout the United States with their facility needs. He has collaborated with churches in the areas of facility needs analysis, design coordination, pre-construction and construction management as well as life cycle planning/facility management. Cool Solutions Group is also the developer of eSPACE Facility Management software products including Event Scheduler, Event Registration, Work Order Management, Life Cycle Calculator and HVAC integration.

Tim is also the author of three books, Why Church Buildings Matter: The Story of Your Space, Church Locality (co-authored with Jim Tomberlin) and Plan 4 It: The 4 Essential Master Plans For Every Church as well as a church Facility Management manual entitled “Intentional Church Series: Facility Stewardship”.
Tim lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with his wife of 32 years, Lisa, and supports his triplet college students at Appalachian State University.

Jeff Moore

Jeff Moore
Assistant Operations Manager
First Baptist Church of Belton

Jeff Moore has been the Assistant Operations Manager at First Baptist Church of Belton for the last 12 years. During that time, he has been instrumental in the coordination and execution of over $700,000 worth of renovation and $400,000 of HVAC systems replacements. In addition, he oversees the vehicle maintenance and upkeep of over $250,000 worth of assets. Prior to coming on board with FBC Belton, Jeff spent years working logistics for Home Depot, served as a helicopter mechanic for Lockheed Support Services Inc deploying in support of Desert Shield/Storm with the 1st Calvary Division from Ft. Hood, and served in the United States Air Force. Jeff resides in Belton with his wife and two boys.