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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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A transformation, truly

By RaeAnn Slaybaugh A Florida church’s design proves big impact is possible on a budget For Westside Family Worship Center in Jacksonville, Fla., everything changed overnight. Always a strong military community, the closure of a nearby Navy base meant the church immediately lost 60 families. Meanwhile, left empty, multiple mobile parks across the street from […]

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Lights, controls, savings! (And safety, too)

During COVID-19, consider using the facilities’ downtime to drive cost savings — and create safe, clean spaces for the ‘new normal’ The COVID-19 pandemic has caused many churches to operate remotely or with a limited schedule. The empty buildings provide parishes an opportunity to make facility upgrades that will last well beyond the pandemic. LED […]

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Remote control

During COVID-19 — and beyond — an energy management suite (EMS) can do so much: streamline operations, increase control, reduce wear-and-tear, save time, keep people safe, and drive significant savings. Many churches are working and worshipping remotely and operating on a limited schedule. How are they managing their campuses’ HVAC / temperature control?  Sam Boutros: We […]

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Q&A: church design trends

Exterior elements • Fellowship spaces • Children’s + Youth areas • Community-focused design • Multi-site design • “Green” elements • Revenue generation Let’s start from the outside in. What exterior / outdoor church design elements are popular? Thomas Small, AIA/NCARB: Most churches we work with are contemporary by nature; therefore, they’re looking for clean/modern designs […]

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EPA report shows onsite renewable energy growth among worship facilities

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released Commercial Buildings and Onsite Renewable Energy, a 15-page report summarizing data on the self-reported use of onsite renewable energy among a subset of U.S. commercial buildings. The information, including comparisons by building type, location and energy generated comes from the EPA’s ENERGY STAR® program, whose ENERGY STAR […]

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The benefits of unitized accounting in managing long-term investment pools at churches

By Kip Meadows Most churches are set up well to handle the day-to-day business aspects of their operations. Otherwise, the doors could not open and welcome the congregants. It is the rare individual congregation, however, who’s well-equipped to handle long-term funds, either endowment gifts or retirement accounts, for personnel or other longer-term capital accounts. Even […]

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Free Webinar: Reduce your church’s energy costs by up to 30%

Discover how High Street Baptist Church reduced their energy use by 25% and saved on expenses. Thursday, July 9, 1pm EST. If your church is often out of use during this time of crisis, it may use up to 30%* more energy than necessary. We can help. Sign up for a free webinar and gain […]

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How to sustain giving during disruption

Tips, tools & expert advice Given the coronavirus and its effect on church operations, are you seeing an increased interest in sustained giving tools and strategies? Baker: Before COVID-19, digital giving was an important part of a church’s stewardship ministries. Now it’s the main focus of financing the work of the Lord. Every church has […]

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Managing church finances

By Rev. Dr. Perry J. Hopper, MBA Managing church finances can be a complex task under the best circumstances. When we consider the unprecedented times in which we are currently living as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, managing church finances can become a daunting task. Churches rely on the tithes and offerings of their […]

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