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Project Profiles | New Additions

Multiplying Impact with a Building Addition: West Bridge Church

By: Marian Liautaud
February 20, 2018

Aspen Group engaged with West Bridge Church in 2014 to determine the feasibility of expanding and renovating their current facility. Located about 20 miles outside of Indianapolis in the small but growing town of Danville, Indiana, West Bridge Church continues to attract young families. With two Sunday services averaging nearly 500 in attendance, church leaders wanted to find ways to enhance their facility so that it could serve as a strategic ministry tool. What began as a project to add sanctuary seats for adults, quickly turned into a focus on making space for future growth and outreach to kids.

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Church Design | Project Profiles | Church Construction

Adding a Gymnasium to Your Church? Read This First.

By: Kyle Rozendaal
January 10, 2018

Anyone who considers adding a gymnasium to a church construction project or upgrading an existing gym space knows how large of a project it is to tackle. For some churches, building a gymnasium is a massive undertaking that reaps significant ministry rewards. For other churches, however, building a gym is a diversion from God’s plan and a waste of precious resources.

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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 | Project Profiles | facilities

“God’s Got This”: The Testimony of Thrive Christian Church

By: Marian Liautaud
November 03, 2017

The Time Was Right Central Christian Church was booming. With a strong presence in Carmel, Indiana, a thriving suburb of Indianapolis, attendance was nearing 600. The facility was designed to house 300-400 people. As space grew tighter, it became increasingly clear that the outdated facility no longer matched the needs of the young families, children, and youth that Central Christian was attracting. It was time to make a move. In 2001, however, Central Christian had purchased an 82-acre parcel of land in Westfield, Indiana, to prepare for future growth. The church began making plans for a new building on this site in 2004-2006. Budget constraints and other stressors thwarted their plans, however, and the church suffered severe losses within the staff and congregation.

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Project Profiles | Renovations

Community Christian Church Plainfield: Building Into the Body

By: Shannon Jirik
August 03, 2017

Community Christian Church, a dynamic, growing faith community whose mission is “helping people find their way back to God,” launched a new multisite location—Community Christian Church Plainfield—in 2016. Recognizing the need for an innovative space where people could connect and the community could embrace its love for athletics, Community Christian Church Plainfield embarked on a complete renovation of a former manufacturing plant with the help of Aspen Group, an integrated design-build-furnish company for churches.

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Project Profiles | Renovations

The Orchard Evangelical Free Church: A Remodel that Bears Fruit

By: Shannon Jirik
June 29, 2017

Deep love for church. Passion for worship. Drive for the expansion of the Kingdom of God. All of these things define The Orchard Evangelical Free Church and its congregation. Their mission: “To glorify God by multiplying God-centered, Christ-exalting, world-transforming believers through the gospel in the greater Chicago area and around the world.” As part of fulfilling their calling as a church, The Orchard launched four new sites between 2010—2017 from the original Arlington Heights campus. To thrive in this next chapter of their story, the church’s leadership recognized that it needed the Arlington Heights campus to be a vibrant, growing, sending campus—the center of an expanding multisite church. Turning the Arlington Heights campus into a 21st century space was a key step to ensuring The Orchard would live out its mission.

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Project Profiles | Renovations

Christ The Rock Community Church: Rediscovering Community

By: Shannon Jirik
June 08, 2017

Christ The Rock Community Church (CTR), located in rural Menasha, Wisconsin, is a non-denominational church with a deep heart for authenticity and relationships. With a mission to “seek the lost, love the hurting, and disciple believers to do the same,” the church extends its arms and opens its doors to foster the vision that everyone, no matter their condition, can know and worship Jesus.

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Church Design | Project Profiles

Fueling Church Growth with Strategic Renovations

By: Marian Liautaud
April 12, 2017

When Aspen Group began to partner with First Christian Church Decatur to address their facility needs, it became clear that limited sanctuary seating had begun to impede the church’s ability to comfortably accommodate new attenders. Additionally, the church’s youth and children’s space lacked the kind of functionality and design that creates a safe, secure environment for kids to become devoted followers of Christ.

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Church Design | Project Profiles

Building a Big Story in a Small Space

By: Marian Liautaud
March 02, 2017

How One Church's Renovation Created Maximum Impact Without Adding More Space The Fields Church sits on a 5-acre plot of land in rural Mattoon, Illinois. Though one of approximately 40 other churches in and near this farming community, the area remains largely unchurched.

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Church Design | Project Profiles | Culture

5 Church Design Trends for 2017

By: Marian Liautaud
February 09, 2017

What’s hot, what’s next, and what needs to die In church architecture, there are important movements that church leaders should consider before embarking on a church building project, a renovation, or a remodel. We asked a variety of church industry professionals to identify the top trends.

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Church Design | Project Profiles | Culture | Church Construction | Managing Facilities

How a Church Building Renovation "Mini-Win" Can Help Build Momentum

By: Marian Liautaud
February 02, 2017

At Stones Crossing Church in Greenwood, Indiana, roughly 900 people attend weekend services each week at the site they purchased and built on in 2003. Over the years, the church has become known for strengthening marriages and families.

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