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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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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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The days of financing congregations through paid memberships or dues are fading fast. In a quest to find another way, the Union of Reform Judaism (URJ) led a 2-year study examining the relationship...

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Here, the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) offers “best practices” for maintaining a church facility. The goal is safety and efficiency, as well as making effective ministry possible while...

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In planning for a Family Life Center congregations may envision a bustling facility that not only brings the congregational family together, but openly welcomes the community for youth sporting...

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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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Timely and appropriate care of their sacred space helps congregations keep the focus on mission and ministry. A facilities assessment can inform a range of building concerns, from routine...

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Originally published in 2000 with later revisions, this helpful article aids synagogue leadership in answering the question: “our facility is complete, now how do we manage it?” The article is a...

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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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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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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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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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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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Professional engineers and certified facility managers David Cotts, Kathy Roper, and Richard Payant combine their education, experience, and skills to produce this comprehensive yet accessible...

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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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Transforming any group of individuals into a cohesive community takes energy, passion, and desire. It also takes planning, strategy, and a process, and that is what author and consultant Peter...

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Many people think of a house of worship as a safe area. Yet violent acts, fires, tornados, floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, and arson can affect houses of worship, often with little or no warning....

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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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Although written specifically for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), leaders of declining congregations, whatever its faith identity, can appreciate the gentle wisdom offered in this free...

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Christianity Today offers helpful information and ideas about financing a building project. The numerous authors are both creative and practical in their approach. They address various topics,...

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