Choose an architect who has previous experience designing churches. An architect with experience working on churches has valuable knowledge that other architects may not.
Make sure you address issues such as lighting, sound, heating, cooling, and parking issues with your architect while designing your project.
If an architect has not previously worked in your city, or state, make sure they investigates local planning requirements. Different geographic areas have different requirements, so it is important that your architect takes the time to become familiar with requirements that could affect your project.
Make sure your architect investigates issues such as traffic flow, turning lanes, utility hook-up, and any other issue with neighborhood impact. Access to the property (driveways) must meet local ordinances.
Do not incur architectural costs until you have determined your borrowing capacity. This will prevent you from spending thousands of dollars on architectural plans that you may not be able to utilize.