What’s behind the curtain?

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

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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.

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The spiritual benefits of capital planning

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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.

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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?

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Take the long view

When selecting portable room dividers, which components will deliver lasting, durable performance?

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Proactive & penny wise

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We counsel our house-of-worship clients to be proactive by preparing for the repair and replacement expenses that are both inevitable and predictable. But, we also counsel them to be wise.

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Beautiful sound, naturally

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The Grotto — a stunning outdoor sanctuary in Portland — is a truly challenging audio environment. First and foremost, church leaders needed awe-inspiring audio to match the sanctuary’s surroundings. But, the system also had to be flexible, reliable, durable … and discrete. Here’s how they got everything on their wish list. By Mike Lethby Known as […]

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On time & on budget

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Tried-and-true strategies for making it a reality for your next church construction project

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Building for the future

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How the construction of a Family Life Center drove cost savings — without sacrificing aesthetics

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Crisp, clean, modern sound in an Old World sanctuary

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Built in 1914, Five Wounds Portuguese National Church in San Jose, CA, is one of the most photographed, sketched and painted buildings in the area — not only for its Old World-style Catholic architecture, but also for its notable history. In 1915, the Panama-Pacific Exposition (the precursor to the World’s Fair) was held in San Francisco. The city was rebuilding after the 1906 earthquake, and it was hoped this massive event would bring commerce to the area. The Portuguese Pavilion was built for the Expo. After the fair was over, the pavilion was slated for demolition. A Portuguese priest of some repute in the burgeoning San Jose valley purchased it for a song. He shipped most of it — piece by piece — to its San Jose location, where it stands today. Much of the original wood and ornate decor remain. Thus, Five Wounds Portuguese National Church was founded. For a century, it has exuded Iberian charm and grace. Unfortunately, however, its sound quality was anything but awe-inspiring.

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