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Greg Snider

Greg Snider joined Aspen Group, a design/build/furnish firm for churches, in 1999. Since that time, he has worked with a wide range of churches throughout the past two decades, including many large, innovative, multisite congregations. His mission is to help churches discover how to maximize their facilities and create space for ministry impact. He has written and presented on the power of connecting space, growth engines and barriers, and how to build churches for community impact.

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Multisite | church facilities | Church Culture

3 Myths About Church Facilities that May Be Keeping You from Multiplying

By: Greg Snider
March 12, 2019

Pastors who are focused on church planting and multiplying often focus on leadership and ministry as the key aspects of launching new churches. But one critical piece is almost always missing from the multiplication plan—a facility strategy.

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church building | Church Culture | Community Impact

Building a Church In and For The Community

By: Greg Snider
February 20, 2019

In 2004, religious facility construction was an $8 billion a year industry in the U.S. That's a lot of church buildings. At the same time, other research was emerging that indicated that church attendance and growth had plateaued or was declining. We saw a massive stewardship issue—how could so many churches be renovating and building new facilities and yet not experiencing growth, either in attendance or in 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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Leadership | Church Culture

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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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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Church Design | Managing Facilities

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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