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Working successfully with an architect requires “good planning, open communications and an on-going awareness” of the project’s goals. This article, from the resource experts at the Center for...

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When it comes to congregational building projects, having a fruitful working relationship with the contractor ranks among the most important keys to success. This two-page guide from congregational...

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If your facility seems inadequate for your ministry or community needs, or if you are wondering about the advantages and disadvantages of converting your facility into flexible space, then this...

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You’ve done a preliminary assessment on your historic building and learned that there is work to be done. How do you decide what type of building professional to engage: an architect, an engineer,...

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This book by The Diocesan Commission on Church Art and Architecture for the Archdiocese of Chicago is designed to be used with Built of Living Stones, a statement by bishops in the United States...

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Don’t just react to your facility’s maintenance issues. Manage them proactively by establishing a preventive maintenance system. This 300-page manual from a church facilities expert provides tools...

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Here architect Nicholas Roberts provides an ecumenical and inter-faith resource that is specifically designed to address the preplanning and early construction questions and needs of congregations...

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This five-step plan from the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is for congregations who have already identified real estate to purchase. The first step is “investigation,” which includes...

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The goal of this general introduction to church safety by security specialist Ron Aguiar, a former law enforcement officer and current church consultant, is to identify inherent risks of...

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In this free government publication, congregational facility managers will find useful information and practical guidance for improved energy efficiency. The 46-page PDF is full of tips and tools...

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Preservation of historic congregational structures can be an overwhelming task. There are a large number of things to consider, including energy efficiency, repair, and maintenance, among others....

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Professional architect and speaker Henry Hardinge Menzies’ design work has concentrated on church renovations and building projects, leading him to these reflections on the role and importance of...

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This article from the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) offers congregations topics to consider before selecting a piece of real estate to purchase. The article’s three sections are...

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Dreaming, planning, building and sustaining describe the lifecycle of effective facility management and the process used by Cool Solutions Group to help churches manage their most costly asset-the...

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This popular book by church consultants and writing team Ray Bowman and Eddy Hall argues that congregations often invest numerous resources - financial and otherwise - and jump to building new...

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Edward Rivera-Santiago has written the short but helpful article dealing with space sharing among primarily ethnic congregations. However any congregation considering sharing space with another...

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Reducing household energy usage can save hundreds of dollars annually, but not knowing what to do or how to do it can stymy even the best-intentioned steward. This 12-step program helps individuals...

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Looking for ways to increase your congregation’s ministry budget without asking for more money? In this brief article from the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), leaders will find basic...

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How much about the features of a Roman Catholic Church do you know? Have you ever wondered about the history and significance of the ambo, nave, sacristy, the doors, or other features of a Roman...

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Religious people and their facilities are not immune from emergencies. This resource from Christianity Today helps congregations develop plans that lead to an effective response to an emergency...

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