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Radical obedience, reimagined space, real impact

In their new, reimagined church home — a former Best Buy — Forward City Church can finally do ministry the way its founders have always dreamed of By RaeAnn Slaybaugh Pastor Travis Greene and his wife, Dr. Jackie Greene, started Forward City just five years ago after relocating to Columbia, SC from Charlotte.  Though the […]

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Eliminating accessibility barriers promotes inclusion in worship

By Kathryn McCormack Separation of church and state has been an important pillar of our country since its inception. An individual’s freedom to explore his or her faith should be available to all who choose to cultivate a deeper sense of purpose in life and belonging within their communities. Often, this freedom is taken for […]

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Authentic — in and out of season

How one North Houston church is transforming a challenging piece of property for the entire community’s benefit In 2019, after meeting in a school for three years, Declaration Church in North Houston, Texas, set its sights on building a permanent home. For this church plant of WoodsEdge Community Church, it was a wonderful blessing — […]

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A MIXED PURSUIT

At New Life Church of Arkansas, becoming debt-free — while continuing to expand across the state — are co-equal priorities. Here’s how it’s doing both successfully. At the financial helm of one of the nation’s fastest-growing churches — with 18 campuses across Arkansas — Finance Director and CFO Trip Leach has his hands (blessedly) full. […]

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STUDY: Navigating unprecedented uncertainty, Gen Z isn’t turning to religious groups

A new installment of the largest available dataset on young people and spirituality shows that young people don’t think religious groups care about their values MINNEAPOLIS, MN — On October 25, Springtide Research Institute released The State of Religion & Young People 2021, the result of a year of research into the beliefs, practices, values, […]

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Creating spaces for true community

(above) At First Baptist Church Glenarden, a transitional space outside the children’s wing acts as an outdoor amphitheater used by the entire church. Rendering by Jesse Nedunuri, Shanks Architects  Among the most successful kids’ spaces you’ve designed for churches, what elements make them stand out?  Katherine Wiley: They’re all designed for community; the end user […]

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Taking teamwork to a new level

Kingsland Baptist Church’s second campus demonstrates the value and good stewardship of faith + community partnerships By RaeAnn Slaybaugh When building a new campus, what if the church wasn’t responsible for every piece of the puzzle? What if, to create their facilities, the church spent more time building relationships rather than raising funds? What if […]

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Building or renovating? Get to the WHY

“The decisions to build or renovate were not economic decisions, nor were they business decisions — these decisions to build were spiritual decisions.” Why do you want to build new ministry facilities?  Why do you desire to renovate these old, tired and outdated sanctuaries and children’s spaces?   Why are you planning to expand your […]

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Doing “Kingdom business” the right way

Backed by a team with financial finesse — plus, a church-centric banking partner — Odell Dickerson, Jr., and New Psalmist are enjoying streamlined processes, savings By RaeAnn Slaybaugh Maybe you were familiar with Odell Dickerson Jr., before you saw him on our cover.   As one of the country’s most sought-after consultants and keynote speakers […]

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ON EVANGELISM: 5 Things You May Not Know About Gen Z in the U.S.

1. American teens are growing out of being Christian. Though almost all Christian U.S. teens identified as Christian in childhood (94%) and Christianity remains the most common affiliation for teens (70%), about a quarter now claims no organized religion. This includes the one in ten (12%) who describe their faith identity as “nothing in particular.” […]

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