Financially Sustainable Solutions


At BGW, we believe that a ministry is most effective when it is fully immersed in its community and that buildings can play a key role in moving a ministry toward an embedded identity.


In addition to helping ministries consider embedded strategies and community engagement during design, we also work closely with development experts at MBS Solutions as well as pastors that are currently operating for-profit business models in churches. In many cases, these business models can significantly reduce the ministry’s existing cost structure, while becoming a catalyst for ministry growth and Kingdom impact in the community.

Feasibility Studies

Ministries are guided through a feasibility study that helps them determine whether a financially sustainable business model might be the right path for them based on market demographics, competitive analysis, potential revenue forecasts and, most importantly, Kingdom impact.

Professional Management

Our partners at MBS Solutions can also connect you with leading professional management companies that can remove the operational and financial burdens from the church and help ensure your business success.

Proven Business Models

Business ventures that typically work well in church facilities include child care centers, community event centers and athletic facilities. However, some churches are exploring even larger business models such as senior care, mixed-use developments with retail, residential and commercial components, and even hotels.

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An interview with Eric Bahme, CEO of MBS Solutions and author of the book, “The Mission-Based Entrepreneur Revolution: Developing Economic Engines that Drive Mission-based Movements.

Meet the MBS Solutions Team

Dan Cook@2x

Dan Cook, Founder / Partner

Dan is a visionary architect, developer, builder and the emeritus founder of the Building God’s Way (BGW) network of Kingdom Building Services. He has led BGW through the design of nearly 800 ministry-based facilities and has pioneered a number of innovative programs that have revolutionized the way churches and Christian schools are designed and built. These programs were all founded on Biblical principles of stewardship, relationship and outreach. Dan has a passion for helping churches develop strategies to reach the next generation, adapt to cultural change and become financially sustainable. He is the author of the book “10 Tsunamis Impacting Ministries,” which addresses 10 key cultural and economic shifts that are impacting ministries today and offers innovative solutions that will help them survive and even thrive in the storm ahead.

Eric Bahme@2x

Eric Bahme, CEO / Partner

Eric is the author of the book, “The Mission-Based Entrepreneur Revolution: Developing Economic Engines that Drive Mission-based Movements.” The book tells the story of the church Eric founded in Portland, OR in 2002 that gave birth to a new entrepreneurial model of ministry. These success stories have been featured in a number of national publications and television broadcasts. A senior Pastor for over 20 years and an experienced hotel owner / operator, Eric is an innovator and a pioneer in the financially sustainable, “embedded church” model and he travels the country helping church leaders to discover and develop the untapped potential of these opportunities.

Derek Bartlett@2x

Derek Bartlett, Director of Development

Derek brings a unique blend of ministry experience and entrepreneurial passion to the MBS Solutions team. Formerly serving as the Director of Operations & Student Ministry for Venture Church in Harrisburg, NC, Derek has a proven background for creating embedded ministry. With a Master’s Degree in Christian Ministry and an MBA from Liberty University, Derek uses his experience and education to teach ministries all over the country how they can become better stewards of their facilities and resources and expand their influence in the community by incorporating financially sustainable solutions.

Want to explore whether a financially sustainable business model is right for your church?