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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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A house built on sand: 5 hidden exposures for churches

Save your parish from common, costly claims with proper preparation and protection By Shawn Yingling The historic events of the past 12 months have deeply impacted religious organizations everywhere. Chances are, you’ve had to find new ways to share scripture while social distancing, learn how respond to an increasing need for community assistance, and adapt […]

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Who will make your decisions if you are medically incapacitated?

By Matthew D. Hoffman, CFP®, ChFC® If you become incapacitated by either illness or injury, who will make your decisions?  This is something that we don’t normally think about, especially if we are young and healthy. But even though it might be a bit unsettling to picture yourself becoming incapacitated, it is a stark reality, […]

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Livin’ the dream — under budget

For Brynn and Josh Copron, the journey to executive church leadership — and a major building project — happened fast.  But with the right building partner, plus their own passion for design, the result is a new church that’s beyond expectations and below budget.    By RaeAnn Slaybaugh “Well, that escalated quickly” is a common […]

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Sustainability factors to assess and consider for long-term success

By Kenneth Q. Tan The rapidly changing church landscape requires leaders to be more adaptive than ever. One key area for church leaders to address is sustainability: the long-term viability and growth of the church. Here are several important sustainability factors to assess and consider. Differences in generational giving The demographics of the local church […]

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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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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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