On their level

Billy Goff, CEO of Dallas-based Goff Companies, shares the 5 elements his firm’s most successful children’s spaces projects all have in common. 1) Security. This is the first and foremost priority. We like to design spaces with one way in and one way out, aside from emergency exits. The focus is on having one check-in […]

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Church builds park to serve city

With phase one completed, Cape Christian continues to raise funds to finish the project.

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Members get fit without getting hit

Gyms and fitness classes are great perks, but make sure proper safeguards are in place.

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Making an impact in greater Detroit

Michigan church builds a ‘third place’ for families in surrounding communities.

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Back to the future: Kids learning in community

faiththatsticks

Standing in the middle of a movie theater lobby is usually no big deal (and certainly not a spiritual moment), unless it is the first Sunday morning of Promiseland, a new ministry to children in the early days of Willow Creek Community Church. Launching a ministry to kids in an out-of-the-box, rapidly-growing, already-influential congregation was a big deal; even bigger than I realized at the time, Willow Creek church in South Barrington, IL, about to surpass the 2,000 milestone in its third year, presented a brand new approach to “church” with fresh thinking from top to bottom – except when it came to children.

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Rebuilding the church 
on its ancient foundations

First-Baptist-Dallas

Church leaders are turning back to inner cities and building urban churches with missional zeal.

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What church playgrounds can learn from amusement parks

Churches have something in common with the amusement industry: Both are relentless in the search for ways to attract people. Amusement parks do it to make money while the church does it to build its ministry and spread its teachings.

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How clean carpet impacts your church

Day care or child care facilities are a mainstay of many churches and church-supported schools. The benefits of these facilities to parents are innumerable, including the assurance that their children are in a safe, nurturing environment under the care of supportive, qualified adults.

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Contemporary American innovation, with a Korean interpretation

Inspiration for innovation can come from unexpected places. For a South Korean congregation, the spark for innovation was fueled by leading American churches’ missional architecture.

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When a small space makes a large impact

How important is youth programming for teens in today’s churches? The youth are the church of tomorrow, right? Having a successful youth program will add excitement to any church. Unfortunately, often funding for students is not a high enough priority in a building project or the overall church budget.

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