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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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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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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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Preparing for summer camp

If summer is the season for fun in the sun, then spring is the time to prepare for that wonderful time of togetherness, outdoor activities, and faith-filled fellowship. Of course, this summer again will be different for camps and faith-based organizations due to the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The best way to get […]

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4 ways to foster your church community during disruption

By Katie Albrecht It’s no secret that in order to have a thriving church, leaders need a strong community within their walls. In fact, when disruption occurs, many worshippers rely on the community around them for support. To maintain this foundation in the church, here are some ways to build and foster your community before, […]

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Portable room dividers: adding flexibility in a church

By Katie Albrecht In the church, it’s not only the people that make the experiences great but also the use of the facility. The facility itself is a wonderful resource that if used properly, can bring in new members and funding. For that reason, your church space needs adaptability to thrive. Here’s how Screenflex Portable […]

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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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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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Ask for permission, not forgiveness!

By Rodney C. James Picture a group of men and women at the ready. Hard hats, leather gloves, steel toe boots, hammers, nails, and all the tools needed to tear down, renovate or expand your church building. A beautiful scene, isn’t it? Not so fast. Let’s rewind the tape. Where are permissions needed from the […]

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The stewardship of space

Amid coronavirus, churches are (literally) reimagining their worship spaces. Portable equipment — platforms, risers, barricades and more — can make your space work, if you know how to maximize them. As you work with church leaders right now, what are their biggest questions about post-COVID operations? Cindy Albrecht: Church leaders come to us seeking solutions […]

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