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Carpets have come a long way under foot

Today’s carpets may be made from recycled materials, and are readily turned around at the end of their lifespan.

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Challenge to clergy tax break clears hurdle

By Bob Allen A ministerial housing allowance provision that saves U.S. ministers an estimated $1.2 billion annually in tax exemptions is unfair to other taxpayers not entitled to the same benefit, according to a 2011 lawsuit by the Freedom From Religion Foundation. A Wisconsin judge has given a green light to a lawsuit challenging a […]

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Church space does matter

Many of us wish it weren’t so, but space does matter.

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Sustainable by design

How good stewardship means going green for one church.

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Bell tower embellishes a great cathedral

Carillon of 23 bells plays automatically by a computerized system with more than 500 songs in its library.

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Confidence and leadership

I just had the chance to read “The Confidence Factor” by Tom Mullins. Tom does a great job of using his insight as both a former winning football coach as well as the successful founding Pastor of Christ Fellowship in Palm Beach Gardens in Florida to weave together inspiring stories of people that had the confidence to lead and be successful. Tom also gives us very practical lessons on building confidence.

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When building expansion becomes stewardship

Adaptive reuse of existing buildings for churches is an environmentally responsible solution as well as being financially effective. If done well it can also be inspiring — bringing churchgoers together in an appropriate, comfortable and stimulating worship space.

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Historic preservation with the church can be a two-edged sword

In reaction to the loss of historically significant buildings within larger metropolitan areas in the 1950s, communities throughout the nation adopted historic preservation zoning codes to provide for the legal authority to designate and prevent the demolition or destruction of buildings considered valuable to the community as a whole.

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Contemporary American innovation, with a Korean interpretation

Inspiration for innovation can come from unexpected places. For a South Korean congregation, the spark for innovation was fueled by leading American churches’ missional architecture.

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When a small space makes a large impact

How important is youth programming for teens in today’s churches? The youth are the church of tomorrow, right? Having a successful youth program will add excitement to any church. Unfortunately, often funding for students is not a high enough priority in a building project or the overall church budget.

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