Beware of inadequate limits of insurance

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Insuring for less than full value is a common problem among churches. By “value,” I mean the replacement cost of a building, not the depreciated actual cash value or the market value. Underinsurance is common for several reasons.

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Fires and substantial loss: how to ensure you’re insured

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Every day, five churches are damaged by fire in the United States. At that rate, a church in your state would catch fire every 10 days! It happened 1,800 times last year, causing more than $98 million in damages to religious properties.
When was the last time you and your senior staff sat down and considered a contingency plan for a fire which seriously damages your church?

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WEB-EXCLUSIVE: Church construction — where do I begin?

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To approve a loan, the bank wants to know the project’s cost. But, to get the cost from a builder, you need a design. And to get a design, you need an architect. And to pay an architect, you need money from the bank!
So, who do you call first? And does it matter which builder, architect or bank you call?

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Moving beyond the school bus

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The most important factors to keep in mind — and questions to ask yourself — when looking for transportation for your congregation

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Engaging families — by design

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Among forward-thinking church leaders, accommodating families is a top-of-mind priority.

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Can’t build a youth facility just yet?

When your church doesn’t have the resources to build additional facilities for youth ministries, what are you to do?

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Mission: a youth community

The open-concept gaming / café / lounge area at Rhema Bible Church (RBC) in Broken Arrow, OK

The new facility at Rhema Bible Church will foster authentic connections through thoughtful, relevant design.

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Investing in the next generation — by design

“The Garage” at First Baptist Church in Powder Springs, GA (Photo courtesy of CDH Partners)

By Paulla Shetterly Some among the next generation of believers have become disillusioned with the traditional worship environment. Because of this, we, as designers, have had to rethink how we address the needs of today’s culture without repositioning the timeless truths of the church. It’s a tactical process often involving theming worship and student environments. […]

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The case for maximizing your space

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Sometimes, renovation or expansion makes more sense than new construction.

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Carpets have come a long way under foot

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Today’s carpet can be made from recycled materials, and are readily recycled at the end of their lifespan.

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