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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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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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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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Published as a part of the Church Tax and Law Ministry of Christianity Today, this helpful article was first published in 2007. It is a user-friendly guide for congregations to use in accessing...

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NACFM is a national non-profit organization of more than 300 members who serve congregations through education and certification programs for persons who manage church and other religious...

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“While nice facilities won't cause your church to grow, poor facilities can prevent it from growing.” In this brief article, a veteran teacher and church growth expert urges congregations to look...

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Making a great first impression can depend on whether first-time visitors see signs of facility uncleanliness or neglect. In this brief blog post, a church facility expert argues for paying...

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Any congregation planning to build or renovate its facilities will want to use this resource by Marcela Rhoads, registered architect and specialist in understanding and fulfilling the American with...

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The Hospitality Audit is a free web resource designed by Chris Walker, Presbyterian pastor and church evangelism coach. The audit is a twenty-page downloadable survey to help congregations take a...

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Lutheran pastor and author D. Foy Christopherson’s experience and training on the relationship between worship goals and worship spaces inform this work. Christopherson believes there is a...

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Congregations can and should take an active interest in their community’s pedestrian-friendliness as an essential aspect of its “livability”, asserts the founder and creative director of The...

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Congregations across the United States increasingly struggle to maintain physical houses of worship as membership declines and buildings age. One preservationist deems it a “national crisis.” In...

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Architect Dean Morgan agrees with those who say that “buildings communicate.” Morgan believes that providing a beautiful facility is one way to communicate how a congregation feels about God and...

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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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“Recasting of Building Assets” is a creative process from the Episcopal Church. It is for Episcopal congregations who have adequately sized buildings but are struggling financially to maintain...

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Whether an historic building or a contemporary one, most faith communities have a lot to learn about how to make their sacred space more energy efficient and cost effective. In Chasing Sacred Air,...

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Interfaith Coalition on Energy (ICE) is the brainchild of a Philadelphia coalition of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese, the Metropolitan Council of Churches, and the Board of Rabbis to raise...

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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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Rebekah Simon-Peter’s experience and training as a United Methodist pastor and her degree in environmental studies converge as she shows congregations how to become environmentally responsible....

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Church Growth Services is a church-focused consultancy with over 50 years of experience assisting congregations with fundraising and capital campaigns. They emphasize a “Stewardship of Life”...

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