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Congregations with historic houses of worship can be daunted by their building’s maintenance, repair and renovation requirements. A building conditions survey offers an assessment that results in a...

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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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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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Richard White brings his years of experience and his unique perspective as a contractor and church consultant to bear on this guide to building a new congregational facility. White begins with a...

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Veteran facilities advisor and Episcopal Canon, Timothy O’Malley, narrates this PowerPoint presentation detailing the many aspects of building maintenance that require regular inspection and...

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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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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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How does a guest experience our congregation building? What can you do to make sure your congregation’s facility supports your reason for being? What story does your facility tell? These are the...

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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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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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Professor Mark Torgerson cares about the environment and religious institutions, such as churches and synagogues. This work is the intersection of Torgerson’s passions, and in it he addresses how...

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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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“I believe there are companies that have built wonderful facilities in prime locations that are now sitting empty because God has destined them for community-shaping and life-impacting churches.” ...

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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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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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“Signs do more than just point the way. They help visitors feel welcomed, direct people safely through a building, and communicate the culture and feel of an organization.” So says the Christian...

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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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This resource is essentially a PowerPoint from the Des Moines, Iowa area Roman Catholic Diocese. It is a clearly presented summary of tasks related to preventative maintenance of your...

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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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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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