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An education in engagement

A seasoned church builder shares the most engaging designs in his portfolio   Engaging gathering spaces Pastor Joel Sims at Word of Life Church in Flowood, Miss., has the best gathering space of any church I’ve ever built. This space features a full kitchen, so the church is serving full meals before and after church […]

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Examining the role of “moments” in engaging church design

That was so special!   That was the best thing ever…  Moments.  Do you look back over your life and find that a moment, just a fleeting second, stands out profoundly? The few moments of sitting on the park bench as a family at the top of Logan Pass at Glacier National Park on our […]

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Sunday-morning QUARTERBACKING

By RaeAnn Slaybaugh No pastor can — or should — undergo a major building project without the right bench strength Rod MacIlvaine is no stranger to ‘quarterbacking’ a church building project. What he didn’t want to do with the new, 16,000-square-foot facility at Grace Community Church in Bartlesville, Okla., however, was navigate a third such […]

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BIG FISH, BIG POND

  By RaeAnn Slaybaugh Back in 2017, Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church in Phoenix had already contemplated adding covered parking, in the form of solar structures, to its campus for some time.  It was (and still is) a forward-thinking move not only for a house of worship, but for the area-at-large: when finished, it would be […]

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SMART EXPANSION IDEAS

  Q&A: How to get the most from your new space Church Executive: For pastors, what are some common indicators that it’s time to seriously consider expanding? Charlie Daniels: One sign is when you start reaching close to capacity, of course. Or if your facility just isn’t adequate for the times. Sound, lights and video […]

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ON THE SHADY SIDE

By RaeAnn Slaybaugh Perhaps better than anyone else in the United States, Arizonans know the value of being able to park in the shade. It’s a major perk.  And now, Scottsdale Bible Church — which has appeared on lists of the largest churches in America (and is certainly one of the biggest churches in the […]

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Enjoying made-to-order ministry space

  By RaeAnn Slaybaugh BRIAN BALES  / LEAD PASTOR / CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP CHURCH / ASHBURN, VA The new Christian Fellowship Church (Building) in Ashburn, Va., took many of its unique, contemporary style cues from the surrounding community Over 30+ years, leaders at Christian Fellowship Church grew adept at making ministry work in a former manufacturing […]

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Made in the SHADE

For one of the country’s biggest, fastest-growing churches, solar structures make a lot of ministry (and monetary) sense In the Phoenix metro area, Christ’s Church of the Valley is a household name. Around the country, it’s similarly well-known as the second-largest and fastest-growing church in America, according to the 2021 Outreach 100 list.  But even […]

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Buy, renovate or build?

How to determine your best path forward By Rodney C. James It doesn’t matter if yours is a more recent church plant looking for its first potential forever home or a well-established church where facilities are hindering you from fulfilling your God-given vision: answering the question, “What do we do next?” has implications that can […]

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The financial realities of home improvement projects

By Keith R. Davenport, CFP® With the growing popularity of HGTV and other networks, homeowners are presented with glamorous home makeovers and improvement projects. It all looks beautiful on the screen, but how much will that project cost? And will it increase your home’s value? Let’s look at the realities. At some point, most homeowners […]

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