FACILITIES Archives - Church Executive


A look ahead at 2018 safety trends & risks for churches

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By Brian Gleason, MBA, CSRM A lot can happen in a year, that’s for sure. While 2017 proved that things can change in an instant, there are trends and indicators that can prepare us for the most successful year yet. Here, the GuideOne risk management and loss control team forecasts risk management trends for churches […]

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Is your facility too hot, too cold, or just right?

By Rebecca Calbert, AIA, LEED AP, NCARB As an architect, I notice my surroundings more than the “average bear.” And lately, trends in youth ministry interior design bring to mind Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Some spaces are too hot, some are too cold, and some are just right. I’ve seen church facilities take a […]

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How to make your recreation spaces as engaging as possible

 By Mark R Ashcraft with Bruce Woody, AIA If you look up the definition of “recreation,” you will see something along the lines of activities done to relax, have fun or simply done for enjoyment when one is not working. It is the re-energizing of our strength and spirit.  Today more than ever, we need […]

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What winter means for your church

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By Eric Spacek, JD, ARM  With winter on the horizon, you and your church need to be prepared. In addition to the cold, snow and wind, winter conditions can cause substantial damage to buildings. Even prior to winter, the fall can bring about wear and tear due to the changes in temperature and moisture levels. […]

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When to choose a fund accounting solution

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Due to the nature of their work, churches are held to a high standard of accountability by internal and external stakeholders. Without a financial solution designed to comply with non-profit accounting standards, it can be challenging to demonstrate transparency and fiscal responsibility to constituents. While commercial accounting software can be configured to meet basic financial […]

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Absen debuts Acclaim LED Series at WFX 2017

Absen targets LCD applications with new Acclaim LED Series, launching at WFX 2017 Orlando, Florida, USA (Oct 5, 2017) — Absen Inc., a global leader in LED display solutions, announced today the U.S. launch of the company’s newest fixed indoor LED series called, Acclaim. Making its official debut at WFX Conference and Expo, the Acclaim Series […]

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Preventive maintenance and capital planning

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What’s the cost of not investing now ? By Donovan Loomis   Thom Rainer recently shared a list of the top 10 questions pastors ask him, and No. 2 was, What do I do about our aging facilities? Every church will inevitably have to ask this question. Preventive maintenance (PM) and capital planning will help ensure […]

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4 keys to a successful church café

By Mike Bacile As church cafés have developed over the years, so has the basic formula for creating a café that meets the needs and purpose of the community.  Fading are the days when a church could just serve drip coffee and still be able to create the community and needed revenue for ministries. But […]

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Surveying the church design landscape: trends to watch

From exterior / interior approaches; to engaging spaces for children, youth and Millennials; to community engagement by design — and more — the church design trends we’re seeing today aren’t the same as they were 10, or even five, years ago. Here, Scott A. Nelson, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, explains. Let’s begin with church exteriors, […]

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5 key tenets of an effective church building process

By Rodney James It’s important for church leaders to know the fundamentals of the church building process. Our team is made up of experienced ministry facility design experts who desire to help educate them on the process in an effort to ensure critical steps aren’t missed.  #1: Carefully think through the purpose of each area […]

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