With Thanksgiving now behind us, churches across the country turn their attention to the Christmas season—transforming their church spaces into a wonderland of shining Christmas lights, shimmering garland, and colorful poinsettias. But setting up these delightful decorations can be fraught with danger for your church staff and volunteers. To help keep you all safe this holiday season, here are some tips on how to safely setup your Christmas decorations this season.
As Sunday services go, Easter ranks as the highest attended worship service throughout the year—outpacing Christmas and Mother’s Day. You know this. You’ve seen your crowded worship spaces each year. And no doubt you and your ministry staff have already begun your sermon and lesson preparation for Holy Week. But in all your planning for the most important day on the Christian calendar, don’t forget to think beyond the pulpit.
Discover the impact Millennials' values, allegiances, and assumptions will have on your church.
Russ Williams, facility manager at the Barrington campus of The Orchard, a growing multisite church in Chicago’s suburbs, was concerned about the high cost of utilities. Electric bills, in particular, were draining the church of dollars that could have been better spent on ministries.
It's that time of year when volunteers attempt to transform the church into a Christmas wonderland. But stringing lights and hanging garland can pose safety risks if not done properly. Here's a list of quick tips for staying safe while preparing your church--indoors and out--for Christmas.
Your church needs to expand. Now what? Do you start excavating dirt on a brand new property, or do you lease an empty building for a while? Another option—adaptive reuse—may be more affordable and efficient than building new or renting. But what is adaptive reuse, and under what conditions is it the right solution?
As people go through their daily lives it is easy to take for granted the extent that technology helps with daily tasks—such as calling almost anyone...anywhere...at any time, typing fully-alterable documents, or keeping financial records stored in a paperless location.
Preceding Punxsutawney Phil’s prediction of another six long weeks of winter, the Chicagoland area received the fifth largest snowfall in its history, totaling an average of 19.1 inches accumulated between November 1 and January 31.
How do you clean and maintain your church building and grounds? If you employ a team (large or small) of full-time, paid staff or unpaid volunteers to manage the care of your church property, you are not alone. In fact, that’s how the majority of churches handle the maintenance of their facility.
Every fall, churches across America prepare to launch into a new season of worship and learning. Sunday school classrooms that may have sat dormant throughout the summer are ready to be reopened and filled with new students, young and old. Ministry space will soon be abuzz with activity and programs.
Summer’s here again. Over the next couple of months your campus will be packed with visitors for Vacation Bible School, sports camps, worship arts camps, and summer programs. And yet, as soon as it’s begun, it will be over. And your crew will be engrossed in the fall ministry schedule.