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When a building project is on the congregation’s horizon, the first thing leaders should do is create a solid plan. In fact, according to church facility guru Tim Cool, they need to make four...

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Visit this website for up-to-date information on all things related to facility management. Find articles, blogs, magazines and webinars on topics such as roofing, HVAC, energy efficiency and...

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Deciding to rent worship space involves dozens of smaller and, likewise, important decisions, and it is the additional issues that this brief article from Christianity Today addresses. The first...

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Experienced Center for Congregations personnel and congregational experts Nancy DeMott, Tim Shapiro, and Brent Bill begin with the idea that religious “buildings communicate.” Discovering what and...

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The Stained Glass Association of American is the parent organization of the Stained Glass School in Raytown, Missouri. Its membership is made up of the finest stained glass architects and artisans...

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This comprehensive book is a very helpful aid to congregations considering a building project. Fund raising and building consultant, Stephen Anderson takes readers through a complete building...

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Much has changed for Roman Catholics since Vatican II, including the understanding of how worship space looks and feels. Father Vosko specializes in church design, and he addresses these changes...

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Approved by the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops (USCCB) in 2001, Built of Living Stones is both a theological and practical guide for both local bishops and parishes considering either...

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Roman Catholic Priest James Healy understands first-hand the challenges and rewards for clergy and laity when building or renovating worship space. Healy believes that construction projects offer a...

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Interfaith Power & Light (IPL) was started by Episcopal Churches in California in 2005 to provide a religious response to global warming. The organization is now comprised of many religious...

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Worship Facilities Magazine’s educational and informative articles address different questions and concerns about a congregation’s facility. The magazine’s goal is to help congregations design,...

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Bottom line: First discern your congregation’s unique vision, and the mission motivation for a building project. Then, communicate that vision and mission motivation over and over again, in...

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Do you often hear visitors say “Where can I find the . . . ”? If this is a common question in your congregation, consider this idea: “Like so many things that seem simple but aren’t, wayfinding is...

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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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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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Estimating construction costs of a building project is critically important, but as architect Robert Foreman reminds readers, construction is but one part of the budget. This brief article...

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This helpful article published by the American Institute of Architects is a must read for any congregation contemplating hiring an architect or architectural firm to assist in a building program. ...

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Partners for Sacred Places (PFCP) is a national non-profit clearing house for those interested in historic religious buildings as community assets. Founded in 1989 by a group of religious,...

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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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“It wouldn’t make sense to build a soccer field if our ministry is basketball.” This 12-page guide from Disciples Extension Fund is written with non-experts in mind. The planning and building...

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