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Great Buildings 2016-10-12T10:59:24+00:00

What makes for a great church building? That depends. What is your church culture? Who and what age group are you targeting with the gospel? And how does your facilities team keep your resources looking great? If your church looks like it stepped out of 1983—dust and all—you might as well lead visitors in the front door and out the back.

 

Concealed Weapons in Church

July 17th, 2017|Comments Off on Concealed Weapons in Church

As the need for a more formalized approach to security becomes the norm for many churches, some congregations are developing plans and policies to better protect their congregants and staff from active shooters. A matter [...]

Three Steps to Visualizing Your Dream for Your New (or Renovated) Facility

May 16th, 2017|Comments Off on Three Steps to Visualizing Your Dream for Your New (or Renovated) Facility

Most pastors have facility needs. Perhaps you’re bursting at the seams in your current building and need to get into a new building, or maybe you just need to revamp your office. The children’s ministry [...]

Launching Strong: Five Key Strategies

December 16th, 2016|Comments Off on Launching Strong: Five Key Strategies

A record number of new churches are launching across North America. Most will initially choose to meet in a rented facility---often a school, movie theater or community center. While church is never only about the [...]

Should Your Church Consider a Cell Tower Lease?

September 13th, 2016|Comments Off on Should Your Church Consider a Cell Tower Lease?

A sales rep stops by your church office with a simple offer. Your building is ideally suited to be a cell phone tower. The equipment will be practically invisible. If you lease the space to [...]

Twelve Questions to Ask a Potential Church Secret Shopper

September 13th, 2016|Comments Off on Twelve Questions to Ask a Potential Church Secret Shopper

I can't tell you how many times I've had a meeting with a pastor, told him what I do as a consultant and watched him perk up. I recently had a meeting with a Senior [...]

Partnering With Your Community for Sustainable Impact

March 17th, 2016|Comments Off on Partnering With Your Community for Sustainable Impact

John Cissel of Visioneering Studios talks about new uses of church property. This involves churches doing joint ventures with developers for impacting a church’s local community. The issue is how to build church facilities in expensive urban [...]

What Do Your Facilities Say About Your Church?

November 4th, 2015|Comments Off on What Do Your Facilities Say About Your Church?

Building healthy churches is certainly not the same thing as constructing buildings. Yet we all intuitively know that buildings and their interiors can and do contribute to the growth of many healthy churches if used wisely. [...]

Questions to Ask When Researching a Portable Church

September 21st, 2015|Comments Off on Questions to Ask When Researching a Portable Church

One of the challenges of launching a church or multisite campus in a rented space is finding an excellent location where you can maximize the worship, children’s, and first impressions experiences. Schools seem to be [...]

Evaluating Kids’ Ministry Space

July 16th, 2015|Comments Off on Evaluating Kids’ Ministry Space

Facilities are an enormous blessing and a simultaneous curse. Having an efficient facility takes careful thinking about traffic flow, space utilization and knowledge of what is cost effective. Brad Simmons has done some great thinking in [...]

The Cost of First Impressions

May 14th, 2015|Comments Off on The Cost of First Impressions

Here’s my challenge to all pastors: Go outside your church, stand at the curb and look at your facilities through the eyes of a person making a decision to come in and “check it out.” [...]

Need to Multisite in a Rented Space?

March 20th, 2015|Comments Off on Need to Multisite in a Rented Space?

What challenges do churches face when they launch a new site in a rented space? Why do some churches actually leave their permanent building to move into rented spaces in neighborhoods? What are the best [...]

Saving and Splurging When Furnishing Your Place of Worship

January 19th, 2015|Comments Off on Saving and Splurging When Furnishing Your Place of Worship

Today “Church” comes in many different forms, sizes and ministry focuses. While everyone can agree that stewardship should be a guiding principle for committees making financial decisions, what does that mean practically? What should the [...]

Aligning Church Facilities with Leadership Vision

August 5th, 2014|Comments Off on Aligning Church Facilities with Leadership Vision

Do your church facilities seamlessly serve or are they simply frustrating? A well-run campus is a blessing to every church ministry. But building troubles strain our operations and our people. So how do we run [...]

Negotiation and Shalom with Our Sites

July 15th, 2014|Comments Off on Negotiation and Shalom with Our Sites

Is it possible to seek the Shalom—peace and prosperity—in the people with whom you are negotiating a lease and still achieve the results you need for your church or organization? That is the big question. [...]

Purchasing and Financing Existing Facilities Today

June 4th, 2014|Comments Off on Purchasing and Financing Existing Facilities Today

When it comes to managing facilities expansion in most dynamic churches, many people think first of building a brand new facility. But in today’s changing world, there are good reasons a church should seriously explore [...]

Three Reasons to do Parking Right

August 31st, 2013|Comments Off on Three Reasons to do Parking Right

As a church, we have just a short time to make a first impression on a guest; seven seconds. Not much time to impact the thought and emotional reaction of these guests. Every “touch” point [...]

Newly in Charge of Unresolved Issues

June 13th, 2013|Comments Off on Newly in Charge of Unresolved Issues

When I accepted the role of Executive Pastor at EvFree Fullerton two months ago, everybody forgot to tell me that I would be the staff contact on the Worship Center remodeling project. I started getting [...]

Learning About Guest Experiences from the Airlines

April 29th, 2013|Comments Off on Learning About Guest Experiences from the Airlines

I fly a lot. Living in Charlotte, North Carolina, I used to predominately fly USAir, as Charlotte is their primary hub. Most anywhere I want to go is a direct flight. They have a significant number of flights [...]

Discovering New Urbanism

April 12th, 2013|Comments Off on Discovering New Urbanism

How does the church fit into the restoration of compact, walkable, mixed-use communities? While large tract homes (sometimes unkindly called McMansions), big box stores, and seas of parking lots have defined the suburban ideal for the [...]

Visitor Experience Audit

December 9th, 2012|Comments Off on Visitor Experience Audit

Mike Robinson of www.details.com prepared this Visitor Experience Audit for Oak Hill Baptist Church, in preparation for the opening of their new building. It's many times helpful to get an outsider's perspective on your church's [...]

Building Your Dream

December 9th, 2012|Comments Off on Building Your Dream

Bob Feitl was an Architect and a Project Manager before he became an Executive Pastor. When he attended the XP-Seminar, he would often lead workshops regarding how to have a successful building project at your church. [...]

Spiritual DNA: Spiritual Leadership for a New Building

December 9th, 2012|Comments Off on Spiritual DNA: Spiritual Leadership for a New Building

David Fletcher developed this PDF for several workshops on Building the New Building. See also his article on The Spiritual DNA of Grace Covenant Church of Austin. This PDF is an example that shows the [...]