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Eliminating accessibility barriers promotes inclusion in worship

By Kathryn McCormack Separation of church and state has been an important pillar of our country since its inception. An individual’s freedom to explore his or her faith should be available to all who choose to cultivate a deeper sense of purpose in life and belonging within their communities. Often, this freedom is taken for […]

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Authentic — in and out of season

How one North Houston church is transforming a challenging piece of property for the entire community’s benefit In 2019, after meeting in a school for three years, Declaration Church in North Houston, Texas, set its sights on building a permanent home. For this church plant of WoodsEdge Community Church, it was a wonderful blessing — […]

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A MIXED PURSUIT

At New Life Church of Arkansas, becoming debt-free — while continuing to expand across the state — are co-equal priorities. Here’s how it’s doing both successfully. At the financial helm of one of the nation’s fastest-growing churches — with 18 campuses across Arkansas — Finance Director and CFO Trip Leach has his hands (blessedly) full. […]

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Creating spaces for true community

(above) At First Baptist Church Glenarden, a transitional space outside the children’s wing acts as an outdoor amphitheater used by the entire church. Rendering by Jesse Nedunuri, Shanks Architects  Among the most successful kids’ spaces you’ve designed for churches, what elements make them stand out?  Katherine Wiley: They’re all designed for community; the end user […]

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Taking teamwork to a new level

Kingsland Baptist Church’s second campus demonstrates the value and good stewardship of faith + community partnerships By RaeAnn Slaybaugh When building a new campus, what if the church wasn’t responsible for every piece of the puzzle? What if, to create their facilities, the church spent more time building relationships rather than raising funds? What if […]

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Building or renovating? Get to the WHY

“The decisions to build or renovate were not economic decisions, nor were they business decisions — these decisions to build were spiritual decisions.” Why do you want to build new ministry facilities?  Why do you desire to renovate these old, tired and outdated sanctuaries and children’s spaces?   Why are you planning to expand your […]

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Doing “Kingdom business” the right way

Backed by a team with financial finesse — plus, a church-centric banking partner — Odell Dickerson, Jr., and New Psalmist are enjoying streamlined processes, savings By RaeAnn Slaybaugh Maybe you were familiar with Odell Dickerson Jr., before you saw him on our cover.   As one of the country’s most sought-after consultants and keynote speakers […]

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Financially fit to build?

By Rodney C. James Any church that has a God-given vision to advance the Kingdom should be anticipating facility growth in their future, whether expansion, renovation, or new facilities. The question is not a matter of if, but when. So, since we will need a facility project of some type in the months or weeks […]

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Translating the vision into reality

Architects and a pastor discuss the nuances of making an intangible dream come true when it comes to church facilities Church leaders typically refer to their building projects in terms of “vision.” Why is it so important for an architect to understand this language?   Bruce Woody: It’s important that the architect understand the vision […]

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Q&A: How gathering / fellowship spaces look now

  What are the signs that a church does not have adequate gathering and fellowship space right now? Charlie Daniels: The first sign starts with pre- and post-service traffic. If your congregation is not gathering before service or staying to gather after service, normally this is due to not having adequate gathering space.  Connection groups […]

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