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Culture | Millennials

Conquering the Challenges of the 21st Century Church

By: Ed Bahler
March 09, 2018

When asked about the biggest challenges facing the church of the 21st century, church missiologist and president of Lifeway Research, Ed Stetzer, replied:

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Culture | Millennials

Millennials Need a Bigger God, Not a Hipper Pastor

By: Drew Dyck
January 24, 2018

You’ve seen the statistics. If you’re in ministry, you’ve probably witnessed the problem firsthand. The Millennials (those born between 1980 and 2000) are leaving the church in droves...and staying away. Approximately 70 percent of those raised in the church disengage from it in their 20s. One-third of Americans under the age of 30 now claim “no religion.”

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Making Space for Millennials Executive Summary

Making Space for Millennials Executive Summary

Discover the impact Millennials' values, allegiances, and assumptions will have on your church.

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Church Design | Millennials

3 Purposeful Ways Churches Can Make Room for Millennials

By: Marian Liautaud
April 26, 2017

Many studies have been conducted and much has been written exploring the trend of Millennials (born roughly 1980-2000) leaving the church. Surveys by Barna Group, for instance, show that between high school and age 30, 43 percent of Millennials who were once active in their faith have stopped attending church regularly. Additionally, more than 50 percent of these young adults with a Christian background say they are less active in church compared to when they were 15.

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Church Design | Millennials

Design Ideas to Future-Proof Your Church (VIDEO)

By: Marian Liautaud
February 22, 2017

Is the Church You're in Today Built to Reach People Tomorrow? Now, more than ever, churches need to invest in well-designed facilities to help create space for people to connect with God and others. But the way that people experience God and community is changing. In this video, Aspen architect Derek DeGroot looks at key shifts in culture that affect the way pastors and church leaders need to be thinking about church design and facility use. Here are four examples taken from his talk, "Is the Church You're in Today Built to Reach People in the Future":

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Events | Millennials

Our Top 5 Blog Posts of 2016

By: Marian Liautaud
December 27, 2016

Before we fully wind down 2016, here's one more look at our top five blogs posts from the year. We look forward to seeing you in 2017!

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Church Design | Culture | Events | Millennials | Multisite | Church Construction | Managing Facilities

4 Keys to Leveraging Your Church Building to Help Fuel a Multisite Strategy

By: Derek DeGroot
October 06, 2016

If you want to ignite a culture of strategic expansion, you have to build for one - literally. But buildings require time and capital. For some churches, especially those that are focused on reaching more people for Christ as quickly as possible, the thought of building new campuses or investing in permanent space seems at odds with a nimble, frugal approach to launching multiple congregations.

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Church Design | Project Profiles | Leadership | Millennials

The One Space Churches Won’t Invest in That Could Reap Big Rewards

By: Lynn Pickard
August 17, 2016

It’s one of the least thought about spaces in the church. No one wants to spend money to update it. As a matter of fact, no one even really wants to talk about it. Know what it is? It’s not the storage closet or the coat rack. It’s the church office!

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Church Design | Culture | Events | Millennials | Church Construction

Making Space for Millennials Executive Summary—A New Tool for Church Leadership Teams

By: Marian Liautaud
June 23, 2016

Where were you at 11:59 p.m. on December 31, 1999? If you were like most of us, you were ringing in not only a new year, but a new millennium. You were celebrating with friends and family and perhaps watching the famous ball drop in New York’s Times Square.

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Church Design | Culture | Events | Leadership | Millennials | Multisite | Church Construction | Managing Facilities

How Data Drives Aspen Group's Church Design

By: Ed Bahler
June 16, 2016

Aspen Group’s mission is to create space for ministry impact. To do so we must know more than how to design great space and build low maintenance facilities. To create impactful ministry space, we need to understand the dynamic intersection of culture, ministry, leadership and facilities.

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Church Design | Culture | Events | Leadership | Millennials | Multisite | Managing Facilities

Top 4 Communication Challenges for Multisites

By: Jamie Shafer
June 09, 2016

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