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Greg Snider

Born and raised in the Chicago area, Greg joined the Aspen Group in 1999 as a Field Manager. In 2002, he moved into the Project Development role, and then Senior Project Developer in 2009. Greg has more than 20 years of construction experience in residential, light commercial, and interior build-out. Fifteen of those years were spent building churches, including Living Water Church in Bolingbrook, Illinois, West Side Christian Church in Springfield, Illinois, and Community Christian Church in Naperville, Illinois.

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Church Culture | Leadership

How to Build Your Church for Community Impact

By: Greg Snider
October 10, 2018

Churches once held a place of influence at the center of our communities. In the past, many hospitals, colleges, and social services were launched out of a vision to obey Jesus’ admonition to give to the poor, clothe the naked, care for orphans, and visit the imprisoned. Churches were viewed as an anchor in our communities, and they literally were given a central place in the town square.

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Church Design | Church Culture

Discover Your Church’s Growth Engines and Barriers

By: Greg Snider
September 20, 2018

Every church is driven primarily by the same mission: To “go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit . . .” (Matthew 28:19). How a church goes about making disciples can be vastly different though. To be effective, each church needs to identify its growth engines and growth barriers—aspects of ministry that either foster or inhibit growth, whether in the number of people who attend, or in their levels of spiritual maturity.

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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 | interior design

10 Ways to Maximize Your Church Lobby

By: Greg Snider
July 12, 2018

The primary purpose of a church building is to provide a place for two things to happen: an opportunity for people to encounter God, and the chance to build meaningful relationships with others. These two needs for reverent space and relational space can be met through the physical layout and design of the building. In this post, we'll look at how to maximize your lobby to create relational space.  

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Managing Facilities | Church Design

5 Storage Tips for Churches

By: Greg Snider
January 03, 2018

When we work with churches to design ministry space, high on their wish list is storage—space to stow seasonal decorations, banners, candles, music equipment, Sunday school supplies, tables, chairs, and so on. These are legitimate storage needs. But many times adding more storage isn’t the right solution. There are high, hidden costs attached to it. Before increasing the amount of square footage devoted to storage, here are five key questions churches need to consider:

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Church Design | Project Profiles | Church Construction

Building a Bigger Box

By: Greg Snider
July 15, 2013

It's time to break some ground at Community Christian Church's main campus in Naperville, Illinois and expand their main campus building—affectionately called the "Yellow Box."

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Church Design | Church Construction | Managing Facilities

Taking Steps Toward the Digital Age

By: Greg Snider
May 21, 2013

This blog exists because of technology, and you're reading it today because you've embraced technology in some way. You found it in your inbox, via Google, on our website or via social media.

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Church Design | Events | Multisite

Extending Your Reach

By: Greg Snider
February 26, 2013

As we’ve seen, the multisite movement is not going away anytime soon. In fact, according to Jim Tomberlin in Outreach Magazine, “there are 3,000 expressions of multisite church across North America ... 50 percent of megachurches have multiple campuses [while]another 20 percent are thinking about it.”

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Church Design | Church Construction

Is Your Gymnasium Serving Your Ministry?

By: Greg Snider
November 20, 2012

In a church facility, each component of the building is either going to support the ministry and growth of that church (be a growth engine), or be something that inhibits the ministry or growth of the church (a growth barrier).

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