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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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Gateway Seminary

Gateway Seminary of the SBC exists to educate and equip present and future ministry leaders who expand God’s kingdom around the world.  In addition to training ministers to grow the church, we believe it is important students learn how to care for the church. Sexual abuse is a challenge every church leader should be prepared […]

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SEMINARIES AND CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE RISK: Equipping ministry leaders

By Gregory Love & Kimberlee Norris SEXUAL ABUSE ALLEGATIONS continue to make headlines, and subsequent media coverage indicates that ministry leaders tend to be unprepared for child sexual abuse issues. Unfortunately, this lack of awareness is not unusual. Earlier articles in this series introduced topics that church leaders must understand and apply, if children are […]

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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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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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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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