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Making room for more children + more friends + more families

By Jonathan Fallin, AIA When your church is located down the street from Walt Disney World and Universal Studios Florida, your children’s spaces really need to be next-level cool.  At Orlando First Baptist, a pair of three-story kids’ buildings — now connected by a colorful, glassed-in atrium — definitely rises to the challenge. Prior to […]

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No IT team? No problem

Making the most of do-it-yourself workflows really works for CityBridge Community Church. By RaeAnn Slaybaugh For Dan McHugh, becoming operations director at CityBridge was a natural fit, both for himself and for the church. When Watermark Community Church in Dallas decided to open a campus in Plano, Texas in 2015 — called CityBridge — McHugh […]

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An untapped (and unspoken) opportunity

How to provide help, hope and healing to sexual abuse survivors in your church Church Executive: Even now, it seems like sexual trauma incidents are treated like isolated incidents. Why? Dr. James Reeves: Sexual abuse occurs in a subterranean place. In a secret place. Most of the public is living on one level; beneath that, […]

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CALLING THE CHURCH TO ACTION:

Sexual abuse prevention and healing occur at the church level By Gregory Love & Kimberlee Norris Why does child sexual abuse continue to impact the Church? Why do so many abuse survivors remain hurting and silent? What must change in the Church? In the last 10 years, our culture has experienced repeated clarion calls for […]

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Church construction financing trends

A lending veteran’s perspective WatersEdge began lending to churches in 1953 and has since partnered with more than 1,600 congregations looking to grow or refinance. During that nearly 70-year span, we’ve seen it all: boom years, recessions, and everything in between.  So, as churches ride the waves of yet another tumultuous period in our nation’s […]

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The shape of things to come

Many things have changed in ministry over the last 2 years, leading to some new and exciting opportunities.  Construction activity slowed during the pandemic and now appears to be on the rebound. Lending requests for new projects, renovation and expansion have increased and churches are primarily investing in three different types of venues: #1: Retrofitting […]

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4 audio/video/lighting/architecture trends to pay attention to

If the goal is to really reach people (and it is), there’s a shift underway towards things like integrated architecture, spatial audio and more.   So, what do I mean by all that? Well, through my work with our firm, I’m finding that some of the newest trends are decidedly old school-meets-new school.  #1: Having […]

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Stewardship at the forefront

  By Sean Busby Odds are you have never heard of the company DigitalGlue or its award-winning video storage creative.space. That’s because DigitalGlue planned to officially launch creative.space at the NAB show in April 2020.  Well, we all know what happened in March of 2020 — COVID and lockdowns. So, DigitalGlue began working with specific […]

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What got you here, won’t get you there…

When I was growing up in a pastor’s home, I remember the building fund appeals and public declarations of how much we had raised for the new sanctuary. I remember watching the magic of construction progress over the next few years.  Behind the scenes, however, there were meetings with bankers, bond brokers, and large donors […]

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Financial strategies for your church

By Rev. Dr. Perry J. Hopper, MBA After two years of doing ministry and worshipping with the uncertainty of the pandemic, most churches have returned to in-person worship.  Church attendance at mainline churches had been experiencing a steady decline before the pandemic, and that has been exacerbated because churches were forced to worship online for […]

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