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Preparing for the unthinkable: armed intruders

In the last year, “preparation” at many organizations focused on protecting health and safety in the pandemic. As people gather again for in-person events and activities, preparation must include a renewed focus on other forms of safety — and ways to mitigate risk. Unfortunately, as recent events across our nation have shown, armed intruders are […]

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Rise like a phoenix

[left to right] Churches by Daniels Founder & CEO Charlie Daniels and wife, Sally, with Cassie and Justin Driver After a devastating fire, a brand-new pastor embarks on a challenging rebuild project — and gets much more than he hoped for By RaeAnn Slaybaugh Growing up in a pastor’s home with sound biblical teaching, Justin […]

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Stewardship of space: planning for longevity

By Katie Albrecht Rather than constructing a brand-new facility, adapting your current space might be the better fit for your church’s needs. Now, to help your church thrive, you need the appropriate tools for adjusting your existing building. In the name of good stewardship, consider not only the immediate future of your facility but also […]

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SANDY THAILING & CHURCH OF THE RESURRECTION: Maximizing the video team’s creative potential — despite COVID challenges

Content creation without barriers By RaeAnn Slaybaugh Having worked with Church of the Resurrection (COR.org) in Leawood, Kansas, in some capacity for more than 20 years, it is safe to say Sandy Thailing knows everything there is to know about its video production setup.  Aside from his extensive work with this very large church, Thailing […]

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Triumphant by choice: suggestions for vetting your architectural / building partner options

For many pastors, a large-scale building project is something they only do once or twice in their careers. Despite all the unknowns, one thing is certain: the right architectural / building partner is absolutely critical.  In many churches, problems can arise from choosing an architect within the congregation. While the intention is a good one, […]

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Disability insurance: the forgotten safety net

By Alex Kim, CFP®, MBA, CPA Accidents happen. We’ve all heard it. We all know it.  Yet, when it comes to accidents, injuries, or illnesses that sideline someone from work, many people think they only happen to someone else. Disability insurance replaces part of your salary if a disability temporarily keeps you from performing your […]

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BUCK ANDERSON & GRACE BIBLE CHURCH—CREEKSIDE: Setting a multi-site standard + driving long-term savings

Testing the waters With its nature-sensitive, yet ministry-oriented design, Grace Creekside is the ‘brand standard’ for future campuses of this rapidly growing multi-site church.  By RaeAnn Slaybaugh Buck Anderson is no stranger to navigating uncharted waters. In fact, he enjoys it. From 1990 to 2006, Anderson was the academic dean at the College of Biblical […]

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Cleanliness is next to godliness: 5 deep-cleaning strategies for religious facilities

By Brian Miller “How clean is my church?” It’s a thought that might not have been top of mind for many before the pandemic. Now, however, it’s a critical question that deserves an accurate answer. Church cleaning came under the microscope over the past year due to the spread of COVID-19 among congregants. The Centers for Disease […]

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Protect the precious items in your church

By Leiza McKenna Most faith leaders understand how important it is to protect their house of worship from theft, vandalism or damage due to adverse weather conditions. But the physical building is not your only asset — you likely have priceless artifacts inside your building that need special protection, as well. Fine art, antiques, stained […]

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Choosing between construction & adaptation

By Katie Albrecht How do you adjust for new growth in your church?  As a leader, you might believe that the more people you accommodate, the more room your facility needs. However, before you look at building on additional facility space, consider the resources you already have. Proper stewardship of your environment typically entails careful […]

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