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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3 key qualities: mastering the art of EFFECTIVE church streaming

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Based on feedback from our church clients, we know three qualities that are absolutely essential to a quality live stream.

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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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Expanding your church? 3 ways to your ChMS data to your advantage

Church growth isn’t about the numbers. The driving force behind why you want to expand your church has deep spiritual roots that aren’t quantifiable. But, numbers play a key role in expanding the church — and are a great tool for enabling church growth.

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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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Multisite & portable churches: essential equipment considerations

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Choosing equipment for a portable church is significantly different than choosing equipment for a permanent church building. Churches that don’t acknowledge this will likely make things much harder for volunteers and experience more breakage, require far more storage, and end up spending more money in the long run.

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Alternative facility options — spotlight on: happy campers!

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For an 18,000-square-foot worship center for the new Oklahoma Assembly of God State Youth Camp in Sparks, OK, a metal building system made the most sense. Here’s why.

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Do you really need to build? When divvying up your existing space makes more sense

Canaan Baptist Church in St. Louis, MO, needed 20 Sunday school classrooms. Portable room dividers delivered the outcome the church wanted, at a fraction of the cost of traditional construction.

As your church finds itself in need of more ministry space, a new building might seem like a logical solution. But, in the interest of stewardship, it pays to consider whether or not an existing space can be reimagined instead.

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Multisite & portable churches: create the team & establish the process

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Your volunteer vision, strategy, attitude and approach to launching portable churches and campuses will greatly impact the success, discipleship, spiritual formation, community impact and long-term growth of your church.

You’re going to begin life in a rented, secular space like a school, theater or community center. So, is your glass half full or half empty?

Your attitude and approach do matter!

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Financing your church bus fleet: common questions

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When it comes to buying a church bus, the first question is always: Buy or lease?

Obviously, a church needs to assess its needs and weigh the costs of buying or leasing a bus and what works best for its congregation. But I will say this: Buying a bus outright has its drawbacks, because a large amount of money is taken out of operating expenses. As such, leasing has become a much more popular option in recent years among many churches because it frees up money for ministry!

Here are 10 reasons why a lease might work best for your church.

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