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Knowledge to navigate the intersection of church culture, leadership, ministry, and facilities.

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Church Design | Multisite | lobbies

Christ Chapel’s South Campus: A Right-Sized Facility Rooted in Family

By: Kristen Freeman
July 28, 2022

Christ Chapel Bible Church, born in 1980 in Fort Worth, Texas, has grown into a multi-site church with three diverse campuses, as well as online services. They’re committed to teaching God’s word faithfully, living by grace, and building relationships with others. We were honored to partner with Christ Chapel’s South Campus on a new facility for their church family.

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Church Design | Physical Space | Making Space

Making Space—A Forthcoming Aspen/Barna Research Project

By: Derek DeGroot
July 14, 2022

This article previews our upcoming research with Barna Group. You can learn more here about this project, which will be released later this year, and you can sign up to receive updates here. Almost ten years ago, Aspen Group (as part of a collaboration called the Cornerstone Knowledge Network) ventured into new market territory to commission a research project with Barna Group to better understand what this mysterious generation known as “Millennials” was drawn to in church spaces. We conducted surveys and focus groups, visiting church spaces in different cities with churchgoers and non-churchgoers to better understand the unique challenges facing the group born between 1982 and 2000.

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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 | Multisite | lobbies

The Orchard Vernon Hills: A Full Sunday Experience on the First Floor

By: Greg Snider
June 27, 2022

We’ve had the privilege at Aspen to work with many churches over the years on multisite campuses, helping them to better serve their congregations, neighborhoods, and communities. The Orchard, located in the Chicago area, is a multisite we’ve been blessed to work with multiple times. Established in 1953, The Orchard's congregation was made up of 43 people who met in a school auditorium in Arlington Heights, Illinois. They've since grown to more than 3,000 people in six locations.

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Culture | Ministry | Physical Space

How ‘Touch Starvation’ Presents the Local Church with an Opportunity

By: Benjamin Windle
May 25, 2022

Do you remember the first time you shook someone’s hand after Covid restrictions were lifted? The moment for me was when I had someone visit my house, and even though restrictions had eased, we had this awkward social moment of not knowing if we should shake hands, or just say hello. It was kind of funny because we didn’t quite know what to do with our hands. For the first time in my life, I went many months without the normal day-to-day interpersonal experiences of shaking hands, hugging, or even sitting in a chair next to someone. It presents us a fascinating learning moment.

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Church Construction | facilities | Jobsite Safety

How Our Construction Teams Stay Connected, Supported, and Safe on the Job Site

By: Jenny Davis
May 12, 2022

Each year, Aspen celebrates Safety Week on our job sites. This gives our construction teams the opportunity to learn, support each other, and get connected through a series of learning topics, demonstrations, and fun events! Safety is a critical component for the wellbeing of our teams and clients, as well as the success of our church projects, not only during these special events, but year-round.

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Church Design | interior design | lobbies

4 Ways Your Church Lobby Can Help Build a Culture of Radical Hospitality

By: Greg Snider
April 28, 2022

People find community in many places—at work, in a book club, in a neighborhood group, or by joining a gym—all fantastic ways to connect and build relationships with others. Our church lobbies play a critical role in building true community by giving people a space to encounter God together. Engaging in a church experience is about developing a deep relationship with God and fostering meaningful relationships with others.

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Church Design | Easter | lobbies

5 Simple Ways to Get Your Church Facility Ready for Easter

By: Greg Snider
April 12, 2022

Your visitors will encounter many things before they choose a seat and listen to your sermon this Easter Sunday. How is your church facility preparing the way for your guests and helping to draw them in? Seeing your facility through the eyes of your guests will help you create a more welcoming environment and give them a reason to return. The following five tips will help you shape a positive guest experience this Easter.

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Church Design | Multisite | lobbies

Chapelstreet North Aurora—An Adaptable Design for a Compact Space

By: Greg Snider
April 04, 2022

Chapelstreet Church was looking for a unique solution for the addition and renovation of their North Aurora, Illinois campus. This compact facility required an efficient design so the spaces could be adapted to have more than one function. Aspen was called in to help, after having partnered with Chapelstreet on their South Street and Keslinger campuses, as well as their Shepherd’s Heart Care Center. The outcome was a facility with a high level of flexibility for Sundays and mid-week activities, setting them up for success in a fast-changing culture.

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Church Design | Great Outdoors

3 Ways to Maximize Your Church’s Outdoor Space

By: Mark Underwood
March 28, 2022

As church designers and builders, we continue to develop more intentional design around outdoor ministry spaces—bursting open the facility doors, and utilizing all of the space in creative and inspiring ways to create spaces that impact ministry and reach into the communities. It can be overwhelming to know where to start when it comes to extending your church's hospitality to the great outdoors, so it's important to assess your site so you can start to formulate a plan.

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Church Design | emotional wellbeing | Great Outdoors

4 Questions to Consider When Assessing Your Church’s Outdoor Space

By: Mark Underwood
March 11, 2022

Spring is just around the corner, so it’s time to start thinking about your church’s site and outdoor space. In the world of church design and construction, we often stress the importance of interior connection spaces like church lobbies, cafés, and worship venues, but outdoor space is also a critical zone for building relationships and supporting ongoing ministry.

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