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CHILDREN’S SPACES: Spring time = play time!

By Rebecca Calbert, AIA, LEED AP, NCARB I have something to confess: My first church memories were not of bible stories, or of the nice minister who would bend down to shake my hand after services. My earliest childhood memory of church was playing the game, Red Rover.  Do you remember it? Red rover, red […]

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Expert Q&A: Christian school design — solid strategies

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Designing a school is a specialized endeavor. Designing a Christian school? Even more so. So, if starting a school is on your church’s horizon, you’ll appreciate the advice of these two knowledgeable architecture experts.   Is your firm often enlisted to design Christian schools? Scott Nelson: Parkhill, Smith & Cooper (PSC) serves as a ministry […]

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How to ensure a truly engaging worship space, by design

By Mark R Ashcraft with Bruce Woody, AIA The act of worship is a very personal experience. No matter the style of worship, there are common elements that will create an engaging experience. A sanctuary — or worship center, depending on your tradition — is a big factor in the act of worship itself. A […]

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COLLIN LUCAS & CORNERSTONE FELLOWSHIP OF LIVERMORE: Leaps & bounds — and lending, too!

By RaeAnn Slaybaugh Sixteen years ago, when Collin Lucas joined the staff at Cornerstone Fellowship of Livermore, he worked in IT. However, he also brought with him extensive experience in the business management consulting realm. Now, as Cornerstone’s CFO, his secular business background has proven instrumental in helping build — and fund intelligently — the […]

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How a pastor conquered his fundraising “learning curve” (in a big way!)

In 1992, Dr. Brent Taylor joined the staff at First Baptist Carrollton as the summer youth minister. Seven years later, he was lead pastor. It was his first pastor position. As a new, young pastor, he admits that fundraising represented a very steep learning curve. “I grew up in the church and was part of […]

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8 trends for 2018 and how to use them

Interior design ideas to enhance your youth ministry By Rebecca Calbert, AIA, LEED AP, NCARB As we come into the New Year, we feel the need to freshen up our spaces and clean out our closets. The beginning of a new year is synonymous with change, self-improvement, and taking on new challenges. A typical resolution […]

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Design trends to watch: 2018

For HH Architects, designing churches isn’t just a thing they do; it’s a calling. For more than 47 years, HH Architects — headquartered in Dallas — has earned its reputation of providing tremendous expertise and knowledge through its innovative designs and creative solutions. This award-winning firm has had the privilege of working with and planning […]

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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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GARY HAMRICK & CORNERSTONE CHAPEL: make yourself at home

  By RaeAnn Slaybaugh Editor in Chief By 1996, Cornerstone Chapel had met in a Leesburg, Va., school for several years. Growth necessitated that Senior Pastor Gary Hamrick and his team look for a permanent church home — either land on which to build on or an existing facility to renovate and call their own. […]

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