May 13, 2015 / Published in Faith-Based
A converted church can be a great place for a house, and a great way to preserve your parish legacy. Image from Wikimedia Historically, conversions have been a pretty big source of trouble when it comes to churches. Martin Luther didn’t convert, per se, but a lot of people converted after him, and that caused
March 27, 2015 / Published in Faith-Based
Churches may not have money machines on hand when times get tough, but some churches have found the next best thing. Image source: Flickr CC user Images of Money It would nice if America’s churches had money machines on hand to spit out cash when times get tough. For some churches, times have gotten especially
March 13, 2015 / Published in Education, Faith-Based
Schools are becoming a popular option for churches looking for a temporary or semi-permanent location. However, sometimes these moves can be controversial. Across the country, public schools are letting churches move into their buildings, unpack trailers filled with portable sanctuaries, and convert gyms and auditoriums into worship centers for the day. A new church that
While the improving times could give churches and nonprofits more opportunities, they also have more opportunities for mistakes. Image source: Flickr CC user MarkMoz12 After weathering one of the nation’s harshest downturns, churches and nonprofits have some reasons to be optimistic about the current economic climate. The U.S. economy added another 295,000 jobs in February
February 27, 2015 / Published in Faith-Based
As credit loosens, churches will have more options to borrow money for building projects. The question is, should they? Image source: Flickr CC user susieq3c Across the U.S., banks and lenders are loaning money again, giving churches the chance to borrow money for buildings and expansions. After one of the worst foreclosure crises in the
February 16, 2015 / Published in Faith-Based
The next time you pass a church, look up and take a closer look at its steeple. There is a reasonably good chance it’s a cell phone tower. Churches have been loading wireless antennas on their steeples, bell towers, and spires, and also on rooftop crosses, trees, and billboard signs on the property. In some
February 2, 2015 / Published in Faith-Based
New churches often get started in temporary facilities, such as schools, auditoriums, and even office buildings. A church can use its time in a temporary home to get on firm financial footing and develop a facilities plan.
January 21, 2015 / Published in Faith-Based
Church designs range from the traditional to the modern, and the only ‘right’ church design for the 21st Century is the one that best reflects the mission and personality of the church. Image source: Flickr CC user Laurelville Memorial Church Center At a time when many churches are struggling with attendance and members are aging,
January 16, 2015 / Published in Faith-Based
  Seven years ago, Interbay Covenant Church was an older congregation that did church in the traditional way, singings hymns from the bible in a quiet, brick church in Seattle. Across the street at the Quest Church, a much younger flock came to services in sandals and shorts and sang along to a rock band
January 7, 2015 / Published in Faith-Based
Churches are adopting new technologies to help spread the faith almost as quickly as they're being invented. Image source: Flickr CC user brett jordan Churches are adopting new technologies to help spread the faith almost as quickly as they become available.
Image source: Flickr CC user brett jordan A Tampa Bay church recently did what many larger churches are doing these days: it opened two new branch campuses in other towns. Unlike in the past, however, the lead pastor doesn’t have to travel from church to church and give the odd sermon at a far-flung outpost. Many regular attendees have never seen him in the flesh – and don’t feel they need to. That’s because they can watch his message live every Sunday on a 9-by-16 foot screen, when it’s broadcast via satellite.
December 29, 2014 / Published in Faith-Based
Church planting Seeing 'for sale" signs in front of churches has become an all-too-common site as attendance declines and congregations age. Planting a new church poses great opportunities and challenges, and should be approached like a business.
Image source: Flickr CC user Katrin We’ve just heard two different stories about congregations that planted churches. The aptly named Church of the Open Door recently started a new church in Vermilion, Ohio. When the congregation went looking for buildings this past summer, an opportunity to buy a former school administrative office seemed to fall from heaven. About 70 families are pleased to report that they’ll no longer have to drive 20 minutes to their main campus in the next town for Sunday services. By all accounts, their church planting is going well. So far, so good.
December 10, 2014 / Published in Faith-Based
Too often, church congregations put faith in their member volunteers when buying and selling property. A church must understand its needs, the property, and the marketplace when going forward.
Image source: Flickr CC user Ted Sakshaug A few Sundays ago I heard a nice story about how a church found the land where its beautiful buildings now sit. The preacher at the time spotted a ‘for sale’ sign on the lot while out driving one day. He liked the property so much that he stopped at the house. The owner came out on the porch, and the two men starting haggling. Within a few minutes, the preacher had a deal and shook firmly on it. The man’s gut and strong faith told him it was the right thing to do, even though he wasn’t sure when, or if, his church would ever build there. They did build, decades later. Well, it all worked out.