Tried-and-true maintenance best practices for portable room dividers


Just about any church can make great use of portable room dividers. They can be a safe, cost-effective long-term investment… but only if you buy thoughtfully. The biggest mistake I see churches make is buying cheap. Here’s why that’s so risky.


Acoustics, A-frames & other audio challenges

Jeremy Rusnock Photography

Since 1968, St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Rockville, Md. — a suburb of Washington, D.C. — has faithfully served its community.

Until last year, its original sound system had been ‘serving’ just as long.


Stewardship includes planning and building for the long-term

Whenever building a new facility, church leaders and church building committee members share a common concern regarding stewardship: balancing building needs with adequate funding.

The solution to this dilemma usually comes down to a short-term decision based on the “lowest bid.” This option offers a strong argument when justifying most building decisions — but, as many worship facilities have found out, it might not be the smartest long-term answer.


Glenn Wood: Finding the financial “fuel” Seacoast needs to grow

Glenn Wood / Church Administrator / Seacoast Church / Mt. Pleasant, SC

With 13 locations (and growing!), Seacoast Church’s vision proved to be beyond its previous financial partner’s comfort level.

The challenge: find one that understands who the church is, what it wants to do, why… and how to make it happen.


Engaging spaces: all for the kids!


Designed and built with an amusement park in mind, the astonishing children’s education building at Crossroads sends a clear message: Children matter here. By Rebecca Flannery Children’s spaces —above and beyond most other areas in a church — can afford to be hyper-engaging. To attract attention and produce a sense of belonging, there’s no better […]


Joel Sims: a son’s legacy — and a father’s foundation

Pastor Joel Sims and his wife, Peppi

At 33, Pastor Joel Sims of Word of Life Church in Flowood, MS, has already served in executive church leadership for more than a decade. He has also undertaken $29.4 million in construction projects — some completed, and some just beginning.

By anyone’s standards, Joel is a young pastor with a big, big job.


What’s behind the curtain?


At New Venture Christian Fellowship in Oceanside, CA, visual impact is standard — and transparent.


How a non-traditional building approach can avoid traditional construction challenges

Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church (Wichita Falls, TX)

Most church leaders will tell you that making a decision to build a new facility — or to expand their current campus — is among the most difficult challenges they face. Concerns about managing the process, stewardship of funding, and keeping church members happy with the results all contribute to the worry.


The spiritual benefits of capital planning


Each year, thousands of people come to Mater Dolorosa in search of spiritual enrichment. Mater Dolorosa — a Passionist retreat center in the San Gabriel foothills, in the city of Sierra Madre near Los Angeles — is a sacred place whose spiritual work depends on some decidedly material things. Mission-style buildings, a stunning outdoor Stations of the Cross, and many other physical improvements set the stage for lives to be changed in faith.

To help preserve the beauty and soul-changing power of the places in their care, Mater Dolorosa’s board and staff rely on a professionally prepared capital plan.


How to accommodate — and engage — kids in a multisite or portable church venue

Creating an irresistible, welcoming environment for young families & their children is important for any church. For a church that meets in a rented facility, what else should be considered?