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How to Survive a Church Building Project

A complimentary 60-minute LIVE webinar
Tuesday, September 13 at 2:00 p.m. ET (11:00 a.m. PT)
Presented by the Presbyterian Investment & Loan Program

Building projects create excitement as congregations envision new ministry possibilities. Along with the excitement comes anxiety. Is this the right time for our congregation to consider this project? What is the best way to get started? Can we really afford a project of this size? How will we pay for the project? Will this affect our ministry budget?

Learn about best practices for successfully navigating church construction projects of all sizes. Jim Rissler and Clare Lewis with The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Investment & Loan Program will share pros and pitfalls experienced by hundreds of congregations as they moved from the visioning stage through debt retirement.

loanpagewebThanks to PILP, this webinar is offered free of charge to pastors, elders, trustees and committee members.

Jim Rissler head shotJames G. Rissler
 is president and C.E.O of the Presbyterian Investment & Loan Program. He served as the program’s senior vice president and chief operating officer from 1999 through 2014.  Prior to joining the program, he spent 17 years in the banking industry most recently serving as a vice president with PNC Bank, N.A. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in economics and business administration from Vanderbilt University. He is a trustee on the board of the Presbyterian Homes & Services Foundation, Inc., and was past chair of the board of Presbyterian Homes & Services of Kentucky, Inc. He is a ruling elder and a former trustee of Harvey Browne Memorial Presbyterian Church where he has held a variety of committee positions mostly in the budget and stewardship areas.


Clare Lewis is vice president of sales and marketing for the Presbyterian Investment & Loan Program. She has 17 years of experience developing marketing and sales programs in the not-for-profit industry. Most recently, she served as publisher of Congregational Ministries Publishing – a ministry area of the Presbyterian Mission Agency. She holds a degree from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. She is a member of Harvey Browne Memorial Presbyterian Church in Louisville, Kentucky, and a former youth pastor at First United Church, Kelowna, British Columbia.