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COVID-19 impact: short-term interruption or long-term disruption?

By John H. Wright Jr., MAI, and Martin H. Aaron, MAI, SRA The role that religion plays in the midst of this pandemic is a philosophical matter. However, the role that religious facilities play is a decidedly practical matter — particularly for church mortgage lenders. Before the pandemic, 36% of Americans attended religious services weekly, […]

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Church design and construction in a post-pandemic world

By Brittany Kuhn Worship facilities design and construction is going through a renaissance of sorts. In recent years, there’s been a growing yet prominent trend toward increasingly versatile spaces. Traditional single-worship venues are being transformed into (or sometimes replaced by) modern community hubs that present clean lines, promote larger gathering spaces and offer appealing multifunctional […]

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Installers, integrators remain busy on church projects

A view of a recent lighting project install at Summit Church in Buffalo, Wyoming. (Photo courtesy of MARCUS HAMMOND) By Andres Caamano As churches across the country have had to adjust significantly in these challenging times, work on projects is still readily available. Unlike many other sectors that in recent months hit the brakes on […]

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Who’s faring well? Relational resilience during COVID-19

(above) Trinity Western University in Canada By Bill Strom, PhD, Seven weeks after the World Health Organization’s announcement that COVID-19 was a pandemic, I was fortunate to gather information from 781 people living in varying degrees of social isolation, in an effort to discover who is most at risk as the pandemic continues, and how […]

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Q&A: Strategies for staying connected

  In your experience, did the coronavirus pandemic “force” some churches to finally investigate their connection-focused tech options? Tony Caudill: Absolutely. Prior to COVID-19, one of my friends who serves as a pastor shared that their church’s virtual strategy was more of a “nice-to-have.” Things completely changed overnight. This shift forced pastors to think of new […]

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The power of the pivot in your church’s foodservice mission

By Rhonda C. Proctor Pivot. I suspect in the last 120 days you’ve used this term to describe a variety of swift actions your church has taken to honor its mission during the pandemic. My guess is that those actions haven’t centered exclusively on foodservice … yet. So, let’s drill down on some important pivots […]

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Examining the church giving landscape now

3 experts discuss lessons (already) learned during the coronavirus pandemic, and where we’re likely headed from here What were some key tenets of the church giving landscape prior to the coronavirus pandemic? How has it shifted since then? Aaron Dolton: Prior to the pandemic, churches already knew that online and mobile giving was vital to […]

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Tithing for the 21st Century & the “New Normal”

Many church leaders are facing a unique challenge in this new decade: how do you maintain giving when a global pandemic has church attendance at an all-time low? Because we live in the digital age, however, church members have access to more giving options than ever before. Technology — like automated clearing house [ACH] payments […]

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“We’re all in this together”

How churches are uniquely positioned to pave a new way of worship throughout a global pandemic — and beyond By Kathryn McCormack The current status of the world is uncertainty and fear — but churches are in a unique position as people look to faith and hope to get them through this trying time. Moreover, […]

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Preparing houses of worship for hurricane season amidst a pandemic

By Guy A. Russ, MBA, CPCU, ARM The 2020 hurricane season is here, and agencies are predicting above average activity. This year’s season places worship facilities in a precarious position, serving community amidst the COVID-19 pandemic while often providing post-disaster support. Here, we tackle the challenges facing houses of worship in the coming months — […]

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