Performance bonds: beneficial or a waste of money?

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For most of my professional career, I have been anti-performance and payment bond-oriented. To me, they seem like such a waste of money. In short, they’re just an insurance policy (although the Surety industry would say they are not “insurance” but rather a “guarantee” — semantics!) in the unlikely event the general contractor on a job is unable to complete the project (usually due to a bankruptcy or other major catastrophe related to the contractor). In theory, that sounds great. It almost feels like the proverbial “Get Out Of Jail” card. But is it really?

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Engaging children’s ministry spaces: 4 essential elements

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My earliest memories of Sunday school involve walking (in very uncomfortable shoes) into an old, dimly lit gymnasium and turning down a white-painted corridor. There, I entered a white-painted classroom. There were no windows and a hodgepodge of furniture.
The most memorable thing about my Sunday school room was a small, white plastic bank shaped like a church that sat on a table by the door. Here, everyone dropped in their nickel offerings as they entered class each week.
Today, that same church has an entire building devoted to children’s ministry.

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All things to all people: examining non-traditional worship venues

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As we present Part 3 of this seven-part series, we should remind ourselves of a primary concept: Every church is different. With this particular article, that’s especially true. In fact, the non-traditional worship space can be almost anything.

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A construction comeback!

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Time — and, of course, the Great Recession — have altered the ways church building campaigns are done. Here, several stewardship experts weigh in.

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How to avoid “the money pit” when purchasing a church facility

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A litany of items must be explored and navigated by any church looking to acquire another facility. Be careful to not get too excited about the “deal” that you do not perform adequate due diligence. The time, energy and/or money invested will be worth every dime and minute.

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Kebony wood provides Swedish chapel with sleek, durable façade

Earlier this month, Kebony wood unveiled its first completed project with ecclesiastical design. It was chosen as the material of choice to create a façade for a new chapel which opened last autumn in Mölndal, Sweden. European churches tend to use traditional building materials for posterity, permanence and durability, so the use of Kebony’s wood in this project allows the chapel a fusion of contemporary style and traditional durability.

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New eBook examines — in-depth — the “heart” of church design: the worship space

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Every church is different. Even so, one thing they all have in common is the desire to create a space that evokes and contributes to a person’s worship experience. In this in-depth new eBook, “Designing Worship Spaces” series author Curtiss H. Doss, AIA — who has designed for church clients for more than two decades — talks about the unique DNA of each church, and why it must be honored in the church’s worship space design.

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Is your church campus truly engaging? A new eBook breaks it down

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For a church campus design to be effective, it must be engaging — beginning the moment someone walks through the door. In this new eBook, co-authors Allison Parrott and Paul Lodholz of Ziegler Cooper Architects discuss the importance of designing an engaging first impression: the church lobby, as well as 3 design musts for engaging sanctuary design.

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Engaging sanctuaries: 3 design “musts”

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Depending on the culture and style of your congregation, your sanctuary might look more traditional or more modern — there are many ways to express the beauty of Christian worship. Despite these differences, however, there are some common design elements that are useful in creating an engaging sanctuary, no matter what your worship style might be.

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Worship takes shape: examining traditional sanctuary design

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As Part 2 of this “Designing Worship Areas” series begins, let’s reiterate a primary concept from
Part 1: Every church is different. Having restated that precept, let’s now look at the traditional worship space and the elements through which it contributes to a person’s worship experience.

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