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.
In a smaller, more technological world, church leaders can’t afford to underestimate proactive, collaborative safety and risk management strategies. To that end, in this informative new eBook, Peter A. Persuitti, managing director, Religious Practice, at Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., talks about how to proactively protect church staff and volunteers doing missionary work in third-world countries.
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.
In this insightful new eBook, series co-authors Chuck Klein and Dean Byler discuss: how heart transformation sets the tone for church growth; the role generosity plays in fueling church growth, as viewed through the lens of “Big Picture” thinking; and how to create momentum in the heart of the generous giver.
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New “Continuing Education” eBook examines seminary training, Bibles/Bible software, online education, the M.Div. and moreLatest News Thursday, February 12th, 2015
In this insightful new eBook, various academic authors examine the continuing education landscape available to church executives, including: seminary training — more important than ever; the best Bibles and Bible software programs; the prevalence of online education for pastors; do you really need an M.Div. to pastor?; and the case for formal continuing education.
If I asked you to tell me about your 2014, you’d likely tell me about the highlights — vacations you took, job changes, big things in the lives of your kids, and other things that stand out in your mind. But, that’s not what made the biggest difference in your life in 2014. Here’s what actually made the biggest difference: You ate. You slept. You drank water. That’s why you’re alive. That’s what sustained you and allowed all of the other things to happen. When any of those slipped, so did the rest of life. Try to enjoy your vacation without food, drink or sleep. Try to have breakthroughs at work or be a sunshiny presence at home. Eat, drink, sleep. Do those three things well and the rest of life happens. Fail to do them and life is worse — or life ends.
On May 18, 2014, Powhatan Community Church (Powhattan, VA) enjoyed its largest single giving day in the church’s 13-year history. And, founder and Senior Pastor Brian C. Hughes reported that the church was on budget to make the most aggressive budget increase in 10 years. All this exceeded the giving increase for which Hughes and his staff’s planned and prayed.
Being hurried through the day is in deep contrast to the example of Jesus, who never seemed to be in a hurry. Jesus not only refused to be hurried, but prayer and solitude was a regular part of his daily routine. Jesus told his disciples, ‘Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.’ So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place” (Mark 6:31-32). This practice of solitude was a practice of many in the early church. Not only did monks and hermits practice solitude, but the Rules of St. Benedict of prayer, work, study, hospitality and renewal were embraced by both clergy and the common people.
I use the term “statesman” not in a truly political sense, though I do believe pastors should be the most active “ambassadors” for Christ in their churches. Pastors are statesmen in that they must realize they always represent their churches. That hat never comes off.
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.