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Virtual Sunday service: tools to thrive during disruption

(above) Use a green screen over a temporary wall divider to enhance and add variety to virtual classes. For Sunday services, consider using the sanctuary as your backdrop. By Katie Albrecht Uncertainty and adversity require people to be adaptable. For thousands of years, Christian worshipping occurred inside the church sanctuary. However, as we have all […]

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What the second round of PPP loans means for churches — and how to secure funding

  After much political drama, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 (CAA) has been approved by Congress and signed by the President. It includes $284 billion dollars for a second round of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loans for which churches and nonprofits are eligible to apply through participating banks. Your banker might be slow to begin […]

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Managing the added expenses involved with reopening your church

As we begin the new year, the country will already have witnessed health care workers and others receiving the first vaccines developed to protect us against COVID-19. It is a testament to science — and, I believe, a miracle — that a vaccine has been developed so swiftly.  Nevertheless, it will be later this year […]

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2 COVID-era church design trends that are likely to endure

As an architecture firm that works almost exclusively with churches and Christian schools, we must confess to allowing our collective joy to slip away every now and again during this rollercoaster ride of 2020. With 129 faith-based projects in active design or construction stages, we have walked along this path of uncertainty with many church […]

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“… BUT GOD!”

(above) Living Water Bible Fellowship in Alamosa, Colo. When considering the church facility construction outlook in 2021 and beyond, I believe it boils down to these two words. On a flight recently, I happened to be seated next to a project manager from a commercial construction company with projects across the United States. Naturally, I […]

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PEER-TO-PEER CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE RISK: Protecting Children from Other Children

By Gregory Love & Kimberlee Norris Where child sexual abuse is concerned, peer-to-peer abuse provides the curveball of sexual abuse risk. To recognize and address it properly, a ministry must be watching for it. Common fact patterns Peer-to-peer sexual abuse — children molesting or abusing other children — unfolds in predictable patterns. Some years ago, […]

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Leading during disruption: 2020

No one was — or could have been — prepared for what was coming with COVID-19. But, for better or worse, there’s no substitute for experience. In this spirit, we asked several church executives who have graced our cover in the past few years to reflect on leading during disruption. How have they and their […]

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Adapting church space during disruption

By Katie Albrecht A lot can be said about the year 2020, but universally, I don’t think any of us saw it coming. Just like any other time, though, life throws curveballs. This past year, it just so happened to be an enduring pandemic — but what happens when the next big “thing” occurs that […]

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Finding the silver lining: positive impacts of the global pandemic

By Molly Matthews The global pandemic has brought about immense change, and many have unfortunately felt negative effects. However, not everything that has come out of this is doom and gloom: some churches have seen positive impacts from pivoting their business strategies. Primarily, ministries were forced to turn to digital solutions to maintain connection with […]

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Blessed under trial

With preparation, persistence and wise collaboration, Bridgeway is saving $450,000+ in yearly interest — even amid a pandemic By RaeAnn Slaybaugh Heidi Coughran has spent most of her career in church operations. She says it’s “exactly my wheelhouse.” So, when the opportunity arose in 2015 to join the staff at her beloved home church — […]

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