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Building Better Churches AND Better Careers
Mentoring New Leaders Like Jesus
Discover the impact Millennials' values, allegiances, and assumptions will have on your church.
Adding a Gymnasium to Your Church? Read This First.
5 Storage Tips for Churches
Merry Christmas from Aspen Group
Best of Aspen 2017 Resources
How to Empower Leaders at Church
How to Cool the “Thermostat Wars” at Church
Best Practices for the Church Multisite Model
Protecting Your Church From Fire
How to Hang Your Church Christmas Decorations With Care
Thank You to Our 2017 Alignment Conference Partners
Grateful to Be Creating Space for Ministry Impact
10 Trends of the Multisite Church Movement
The No. 1 Challenge for Every Pastor
“God’s Got This”: The Testimony of Thrive Christian Church
Launching Your Next Church: A Recap of Aspen’s 2017 Alignment Conference
5 Things Every Church Needs to Know About Signage
When a Hurricane Is Heading Your Church’s Way
How to Think Strategically (and Spiritually) About Church Expansion: An Aspen Podcast with Thrive Christian Church
Why You Need a Church Communications Team
How to Respond to Your Church Planting Call: An Aspen Podcast Featuring Patrick O'Connell
3 Key Reasons Why Churches Launch New Sites
A Message From Mark Jobe, Alignment Conference Main Session Speaker
Taking New Ground for the Kingdom: An Aspen Podcast Featuring Dave Travis
Creating a Leadership Path for Ministry Growth
10 Ways to Maximize Your Church Lobby
Is Your Church Ready for Multisite?: An Aspen Podcast Featuring Jim Tomberlin
How to Avoid Losing Your Pastor After a Church Building Project
Taking Flight: A Podcast Interview for Church Planters with Mark Jobe
Community Christian Church Plainfield: Building Into the Body
Responding to Your Vision of Church Expansion: An Aspen Podcast
The 5 Steps of Leadership Development
7 Trends in Church Audio, Video, and Lighting
3 Ways to Spot a Great Leader
Out of Your Cave, and Into Your Call
The Orchard Evangelical Free Church: A Remodel that Bears Fruit
4 Reasons Why Multisite is Moving Rural
3 Ways to "Honor Our Fathers" at Church
Christ The Rock Community Church: Rediscovering Community
Addressing Top Communications Challenges for Multisite Churches
Pastors: How to Fill Your Ministry Pipeline with New Leaders
Announcing Aspen’s 2017 Alignment Conference: Launching Your Next Church
Church Design Through a Mother's Eyes
4 Trends in Church Architecture and Interiors
3 Purposeful Ways Churches Can Make Room for Millennials
5 Models for Church Expansion
Fueling Church Growth with Strategic Renovations
3 Keys to Discovering What Makes Your Church Your Church
4 Keys for Building a Church to Grow
Pastors: 15 Ways to Convert Easter Visitors into Return Attendees
A Model for Creating a Pipeline of Leaders
3 Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Church Building Partner
Building a Big Story in a Small Space
Design Ideas to Future-Proof Your Church (VIDEO)
Tips and Tools for Launching Multisites and More
5 Church Design Trends for 2017
How a Church Building Renovation "Mini-Win" Can Help Build Momentum
Beyond Multisite: What Pastors Need to Know About Church Expansion
How to Discover Your Church’s Growth Engines and Barriers
5 Key Findings for Pastors from New Multisite Study
How to Reach Your Great Commission Potential
Our Top 5 Blog Posts of 2016
Merry Christmas From Aspen Group
Writing the Next Chapter of Your Church Design Story (VIDEO)
The Number One Facility Priority for Multisites and Church Plants
A Hearty Thank You to Our Alignment Conference Partners
Groundbreaking Gratitude and More
5 Ways to Reduce Utility Costs at Church
Why You Need Both a Leadership Path and a Leadership Pipeline
Ministry Space for the Common Good
What Businesses Can Teach the Church About Staying Culturally Relevant
Multisites and More: A Recap of Aspen’s 2016 Alignment Conference
6 Key Tasks for Campus Pastors to Build, Nurture, and Lead Congregations
4 Keys to Leveraging Your Church Building to Help Fuel a Multisite Strategy
3 Key Areas of Church Operations That Must Be in Alignment
The Multisite Movement at a Crossroads
The Number One Way to Make Communications a Priority at Your Church
Why the Connection Card Isn’t Working at Your Church
5 Steps for Leading Healthy Change at Your Church
The One Space Churches Won’t Invest in That Could Reap Big Rewards
4 Keys to Eliminating Ministry Burnout
Breakout Sessions Announced for Aspen’s 2016 Alignment Conference
Barna Group to Reveal New Research at Aspen's 2016 Alignment Conference
Why Beautiful Church Design Is a Missional Activity
How to Engage People in Your Church's Story
How One Church Converted Old Square Footage into New Ministry Impact
Making Space for Millennials Executive Summary—A New Tool for Church Leadership Teams
How Data Drives Aspen Group's Church Design
Top 4 Communication Challenges for Multisites
Millennial Trends: Learning to Live in Digital Babylon
On this Memorial Day...
When Is It Time to Renovate Your Original Campus After Going Multisite?
Announcing Aspen’s 2016 Alignment Conference: The Multiplication Movement
How Well Have You Equipped Your Church Messengers?
Generational Intelligence for Growing Churches
3 Churches That Use Their Building for the Common Good
5 Critical Outcomes for Pastors that Learn the Power of Self-Discovery
Happy Easter From Aspen Group
Creating New Space That Stays True to the Original Mission: Clear River Church
New Video Series: Millennial Trends and the Church
Making Space for Special Needs Ministry: First Baptist Church Geneva-West
Multiplication, Millennials, and Multigenerational Ministries: An Interview with Ed Stetzer
CKN Celebrates 12 Years of Church Research
5 Tensions in Becoming a Movement-Making Church
How to Unite Multiple Generations at Church
Our Top 10 Blog Posts of 2015
A Significant Setting for Our Savior
Building a Story at St. Timothy Community Church
Creating Space for Ministry Impact: The "Why" That Drives Us
7 Tips for Launching a Special Needs Ministry at Church
Building a Special Needs Ministry at Church
Giving Thanks for All Things
5 Quick Tips for Decking the Halls at Church
How Well Do You Know the Spiritual Profile of Your City?
Equipping Church Planters: Why Aspen Partners With New Thing
Building a Story at Community Christian Church-Yellow Box
Why Storytelling Matters for Churches
To Build a Generosity Story, Start with Why
Details Matter—In Stories and in Design
How to Discover the Truth About Your Church
Enhance Your Stories With These Three Technologies
Is the Church You’re in Today Built to Reach People in the Future?
Building a Story Trailer
The Power of Storytelling Through Music
How to Consistently Tell Your Church's Story
A Better Way to Understand Generational Differences
Why 20s Will Leave Church Before They Ever Get to the Auditorium
7 Ways to Change the Story About Giving to Your Church
Aspen's Growing in the Southeast
Honoring Cogun for Creating ‘Life Change Per Square Foot’ for 45 Years
Building a Multigenerational Ministry: 2015 Pastors Lunch Recap
Aspen Learning Summit: Reaching the Elusive Millennial Generation
In the Shadow of the Cross
Adaptive Reuse: What Is It and Why Should You Consider It?
Three Keynotes Featured at Aspen’s 2015 Alignment Conference
4 Ways to Break Down Generational Walls
Creating Quiet Spaces for Introverts in Church
Children's Ministry Space: 4 Ways to Create More than a Flashy Theme
Reclaiming Sacred Space
Aspen Group’s 2015 Alignment Conference to Focus on Building a Story
How to Get Your Generations Talking
5 Tips for Engaging Millennials in a Church Building Project
What Millennials Want: Is Rachel Held Evans Right?
How to Nurture Your Mothers on Sunday
3 Ways Your Church Design Can Engage All Generations
Spaces That Bring the Generations Together
Turning Church Technology From Foe to Friend
What Would You Give to Help Someone Find a Way Back to God?
What’s Your Church’s Generational IQ?
Death to Life: Three Words That Changed Everything
What the Church Can Learn from Buffalo Wild Wings
Five Steps to Color Your Space for Rest
How to Create Buy-in for a Church Building Project
Designing to Multiply with Millennials in Mind
3 Questions to Ask About Your Church’s Roadside Signage
Aspen Awarded “Best Christian Workplace” Designation
3 Options for Managing Snow Removal Expenses at Church
To Stream or Not to Stream Your Church Service
Does Your Church Have a Goal and a Means?
Does Seating Have an Effect on a Church Culture?
A New Way to Think About Your Old Church Spaces
7 Signs It’s Time to Outsource Your Church’s Cleaning and Maintenance
Our Top 5 Blogs of 2014
From Outdated to Updated: A Tale of Two Churches
From Outdated to Updated in 3 Easy Steps
3 Things We’re Grateful For in 2014
Is Your Church Making Space for Mentors?
The One Thing Your Church Can Offer That the World Can’t
How a Lack of ‘Visual Clarity’ May Be Driving People Away from Your Church
Top 20 Takeaways from the 2014 Alignment Conference
What Does It Mean for a Church to Be ‘Real'?
4 Things Millennials Wish the Church Would Be
7 Patterns Churches Need to Change to Increase Millennial Generosity
Millennials and Jesus: A Game-Changing Moment in the Church
How to Tap Outside Resources to Stretch Ministry Dollars
How to “Man-up” Your Ministry Space
Missing Men at Church: Why You Might Be Pushing Them Away
Enemies of Connecting Spaces at Church
Sit, Stay: 3 Ways to Get People to Hang Out at Church
5 Surprising Ways a Cleaning Company Can Save Your Church Time and Money
The Power of “Proxemics”: Creating 4 Zones for Connection at Church
Tour Aspen Group’s Latest Building Project: CCC Yellow Box
4 Key Strategies to Help Millennials Find Their Way Back to God (and the Church)
Ready, Aim Fire: 3 Questions to Ask Before Pulling the Trigger on a Building Project
How Millennials Encounter God
How We Talk When We Talk About God
Church: Be You (Always)
How Alignment Leads to Healthy Growth
3 Ways to Bring Millennials Back to Church
5 Ways to Ready Your Church for Fall
3 Ways to Better Communicate Your Church’s Vision
5 Factors that Create a Dad-Friendly First Impression of Your Church
Conquering the Challenges of the 21st Century Church
Taking the Sting out of Spring
Rest for the Weary: 4 Ways Your Church Can Be a Place of Respite
Can a Church Be a Place of Action and a Place of Rest?
4 Principles for Selecting Your Next Church Site
6 Things to Consider Before Building a “Green” Church
He Is Risen, Indeed!
Don’t Build the Church You Think You Want
Your Holy Week Punch List
6 Clues Your Church May Need a New Vision
Is Your Church Ready to Go Multisite?
Uncover Your Church’s DNA
The Right Way to Look at Square Footage
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Protecting Your Church From Extreme Cold Weather Damage
5 Exterior Signage Considerations
7 Ways to Go Outdoors by Staying Indoors
Next Generation Generosity
Hamilton Hills Baptist Church Addition
Faith Lutheran Church
Good Shepherd Lutheran
LaGrange Christian Assembly
Does Your Church Feel Like a Members-Only Club?
Sharing Your Church’s Building Project Online
Removing Your Church's Snow - 5 Cost Saving Tips
Leveraging Your Church Building to Create Reactions
Managing Stormwater on Your Church Property
3 Ways to Stop Paying for Your Church Cleaning Products & Equipment
Spin the Wheel of Emotion
The Service Must Go On
Make Room for Me: Alignment Conference Focuses on Millennials and Ministry Space
Could This Building Be Our Next Church?
Infographic: Why Some Millennials Are Staying in the Church
Make Room for Millennials
3 Ideas to Find a Lost Generation
Next Generation Giving
Barna Group Unveiling All-New Research at the Alignment Conference
Planning for Parking
In Pain You Shall Bring Forth A Building
"I'm Lost Right Now"
What's the Fuss About Millennials?
It's Not About You
Meet Your Millennials
Does God Want To Do More?
Let Your Walls Speak
Designing for Experience
How Community Christian Church Uses Aspen VIP
What You Measure Improves...What You Celebrate Gets Repeated
Community Christian Church to Host Groundbreaking Party at Naperville Yellow Box Campus
Building a Bigger Box
An Investment in the Community
In God We Trust
Your Site Selection Cheat Sheet
What’s Your Building Saying About You?
Wrestling Needs & Budget
West Side Christian Church Construction Update
3 Things You Forgot About Your Building
Taking Steps Toward the Digital Age
Getting Our Hands Dirty
Designing for Millennials
Tearing Down the Walls
Swiss Army Knifing Through Design Challenges
5 Things to Consider About "House" Cleaning
Vale Construction Update
Checking Those Vital Signs
Rajasuri’s Redemptive Story (Part 2)
Rajasuri’s Redemptive Story (Part 1)
Let’s Get Intentional
Please Take Your Seats
Becoming a Force for the Kingdom
Taking Baby Steps for God (Part Two)
Taking Baby Steps for God (Part One)
Aspen Group Offers New Facility Services Designed to Further Support Church Ministries
What B-I-M Means to Y-O-U
Construction Update: Vale Church Bloomington, IL
Aircraft Carrier or The Love Boat?
Define Space From the Ground Up
Extending Your Reach
UNLEASHED! Finding Epic Adventure In Everyday Life
10 Multi-Site Church Myths (and Realities)
A Different Way of Thinking
Construction Update: Mt. Carmel Missionary Baptist Church, South Bend, IN
The Architect Behind Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church's "Legacy Project"
From Warehouse to Worship: Turning an Industrial Space into a Sanctuary
Construction Update: Vale Church, Bloomington, IL
Church Exteriors, Do they matter?
Get Out of Your Own Way
What Christmas Means to Aspen Group
Photos of West Side Christian's New Student Center
Aspen Group Announces New Project Developer
Welcome Bob Gray – our new Project Developer!
Is Your Gymnasium Serving Your Ministry?
I Quit! - A challenging take-away from Story Conf.
Alignment Conference: A Recap
My Top 4 Finds in Springfield, Illinois
Your Blog Here
It Takes a Team
Are You Creating Intentional Accidents?
Time to Straighten the Path
The Anti-Abundant Church
What Does Your Front Door Experience Communicate
Spatial Stewardship: Part Two
Spatial Stewardship: Part One
The Vineyard Church is in the News
Designing for Community: The Missional Home Base
Future Travelers….When Normal Isn’t Good Enough
Apostolic Christian Church of Indianapolis One Year Ministry Story
Oh Come Let Us Adore Him
Attractional & Missional; A Swinging Pendulum
Celebrating the 2011 Solomon Awards
Naperville Church Receives National Award for Building Project, Designed and Built by Aspen Group
What is your platform?
Three Aspen Projects Nominated for 2011 Solomon Award
Alignment Captured Through A Different Lens
From Warehouse to God's House
3 Design Indicators for Creating Alignment in Your Ministry Space
Missional AND Attractional
It Takes More than Just Turning it On
4 Things To Consider When Aligning Vision & Leadership
ASPE Conference in Indy
Could your church library be a “sacred cow”
Global Leadership Summit 2011
Alignment Conference is back in Chicago!
10 Things to Consider Before a Church Merger
Are We Really Collaborating?
Construction Site = Ministry Site
Interested in Church Design?
Ditch Fear and Be Transparent
Naming (or Renaming) Your Church
Five things to think about before deciding on a floor covering
Reaching people where they are: the Internet
Creating Unique Construction Solutions
West Lafayette Apostolic - One Year Ministry Story
How Is Your Health?
Online Ministry 101 – Going beyond social media to reach the lost
Designing for Relationships
Alignment4 Cornerstone Conference Wrap-Up
Building A Church of Foam
People Still Want to Give
Leadership and Conflict
First Baptist Church of Geneva - Ministry Update
Edwin A. Bahler
Whose Back Are You Patting?
Key Banking Strategies for Funding your Ministry Project
New CKN Website
Delivering Projects On Time and On Budget
Breaking the Silence on Fasting
10 Permitting Considerations For Your Site
Creating the Right Space
Go and Be
A Unique Learning Event for Church Leaders
Start with Assessment - The New & Improved TCIndex
Where is the church in the midst of an emergency or disaster?
Grace Fellowship Church One Year Ministry Update
The Phenomenon of Creativity
What Are Your Ministry Goals for 2011?
A Child is Born
Is Energy Efficiency for the Church a Part of Stewardship?
10 Issues that Can Create a Culture of Generosity in 2011
The Aspen name : A reflection of our mission
Designing for Connection
Thankful For Something Bigger Than Us
Outreach in an E-World
Why Your Church Should Be On Facebook
10 Ministry Moments Worth Celebrating
Cultural Church - A report from "AND"
Award Winning Church Design - 2010 Solomon Award Winner
A Church Transformed
Pastor Appreciation Month
Who will Lead your Building Project?
10 Insights from Catalyst 10
National Church Administration Day - 10/21/10
Dedication - Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
Core Clarity Part 2 - A Case Study
Core Clarity Part 1 - What is Core Clarity?
History in the Making - Creatively Capturing the Process
The Collaborative Partnership of Building for Ministry
Transforming Church Index Survey
Chicago ALIGNMENT4 Conference - Oct 19
Another Great Leadership Summit!
Christ UMC - A Ministry Update
Setting the Standard with Interior Design
Repurposing Space - Smarter Church Design
Your Church is Not a Mr. Potato Head
The Five "P's" of Launching a Multi-Site Campus
Five Considerations for Your New Site
Trinity Baptist Church Celebrates One Year Anniversary of The Timothy Center
Looking Forward to the North American Christian Convention (NACC)
The Intersection: Where Generosity Flows
A Smarter Church Design Process
Partner Spotlight: Church Interiors
Visioning - The Foundational Step
Sparking the Flame
One Year Ministry Update from Greenwood Christian Church
Giving HOPE: A report from the Exponential Conference
Outlook Christian Church - One Year Later
4 Things to Keep in Mind When Designing Your Children's Ministry Space
A Design-Build Discussion - Part Two
A Design-Build Discussion - Part One
Rock Prairie Baptist -- One Year Later
Church Design: An Array of Choices
Alignment4 Speaker Spotlight: Ed Bahler
Alignment4 Speaker Spotlight: Rex Miller
Alignment4 Speaker Spotlight: Pastor Matt Giebler
What is your church all about, at the core?
What ministry opportunities are being missed...
Cornerstone Conference Sneak-Peak - "Create Connecting Space"
Fishhook Event - Multicultural Ministry
New Cornerstone Conference Website!
Leadership Gathering at Parkview Christian Church
Living Your Strengths
Rex Miller to speak at Indy Pastors Lunch!
Alignment4 Indianapolis -- March 16th
Partner Spotlight - Julie Bullock, Generis Generosity Strategist
Merry Christmas Blessings!
First Find…Then Always Follow Your Passions
Aspen on Facebook and Twitter
As the workplace changes, how we design for it should change too.
Church Communications – Too much. Too little. Too late.
Leadership Journal Webinar with Ed Bahler and Bill Couchenour
Parkview Christian Church postcard
Pastors Lunch - Too Much. Too Little. Too Late.
Aspen projects win two Solomon Awards!
Buffet line or Chef's Specialty?
Straight Talk from the Indy Pastors Lunch
Funding Church Building Projects in Today’s Banking Environment
The Heart of Aspen
2009 Catalyst “On Your Mark” Conference in Atlanta this week!
Take-Aways from Innovate '09
Let’s Keep It Clean …. Please!
Outlook Christian postcard
A Big Blue Monkey?
Alignment4 Conference Closes Strong
Dirt Moving in Naperville!
Alignment4 Speaker Spotlight: Rick Thiemke
Subscribe to the Aspen Blog!
Alignment4 Speaker Spotlight: Allen Walworth
Ed Bahler on WBGL!
Alignment4 Speaker Spotlight: Kevin Ford
Alignment4 Speaker Spotlight: Bill Couchenour
Alignment4 Speaker Spotlight: Mel McGowan
Alignment4 Speaker Spotlight: Will Mancini
Alignment4 Chicago -- September 15th
Impressed by Faith
Living Hope postcard
Aspen Open House a Great Success!
See us at NACC next week!
Parkview Children’s/Youth Remodel
Aspen Team Celebrates Completion of Living Hope Church!
Aspen Frankfort Office Open House
Another Successful Pastors Lunch!
Two New Church Facilities Dedicated in Indy
Alignment4 Orlando a Wrap!
Sneeze into your sleeve?
The Power of a Positive No
Rock Prairie Baptist Dedication
Greenwood Christian Church -- 1300 seats coming up!
Faith Lutheran postcard
Cornerstone Alignment Conference
Cornerstone Alignment Conference just six days away
Aspen certified as a Best Christian Workplace!
Register now for Indianapolis Cornerstone Alignment!
Building For Ministry website is live!
Will Mancini to speak at Indianapolis Cornerstone!
The Table Debuts at Aspen Dinner
Frankfort Office Move Part III
Clarity is the occupation of the effective leader
Altra Steel Recognized in Frankfort Office
New Aspen Website!
Morning Star Mission
Parkview Admin under roof!
Frankfort Office Move Part II
CKN Partners Gather
Stick With The Dream!
Building For Ministry Newsletter
Faith Lutheran -- Completed Project Photos
Great advice for Building Teams
Aspen projects win three Solomon Awards!
Giver or Taker: How Does the Community View Your Church?
Come learn about Missional Church!
When Church Isn't Simple
Because God sees...
An Exciting Space Kids are Eager to Go To!
Aspen Team Celebrates Completion of Faith Lutheran in Aurora
Next up: Indianapolis Pastors Lunch
Draw People, Enhance Ministry, Change Lives...
Thanks to a Great Team!
10th Annual Cornerstone Conference in Chicago!
What Causes Typical Failures in a Building Program?
This is Sobering!
Parkview Lockport Grand Opening Sunday!
More Parking almost ready at Parkview!
One week to go!
Isn't Cornerstone just for large churches?
Living Hope Church under construction!
Why People Stay
Rock Prairie Web Cam
Hamilton Hills -- Completed Project Photos
It's time to register for the next Cornerstone Conference in Chicago!
Sneak Preview of the Moraine Postcard
Parkview Project Update
The "Outlook" is looking good!
In His Time and For His Glory
Diesel smoke in the air at Parkview!
Zero Inbox -- 3 months and counting!
Aspen is Hiring!
Breaking Ground at Rock Prairie Baptist
Hamilton Hills Baptist nearing completion!
Pastors Lunch a Great Success!
Parkview Lockport under construction!
St. John Lutheran project - in the news!
Kristin Ruther joins Aspen Group!
One week to go until the Pastors Lunch!
Cornerstone Conference set for 9/23/08 in Bolingbrook
Go ahead, make their day!
So, what does it really mean?
What if Steve Jobs designed your next ministry space?
Third Places: Now & Next
Making Room for Young and Old
Tim Harlow to speak at Cornerstone!
What Would Luther Do?
Quote of the Day 4/22/08
Team celebration at Moraine
It’s Springtime in Aurora!
We hit a nerve!
Unchurched research discussed on CKN podcast
Unchurched prefer cathedrals to contemporary church designs
I Love My Job!
Why An Aspen Blog?
Moraine Valley Church opens café!
Is your Inbox empty?
We Don't Need a Strategic Plan
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