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Marian Liautaud

Marian joined the Aspen team full-time in 2014. With more than 20 years experience in publishing, she spends her time telling stories about how churches use their facilities as a tool for ministry, and how to align culture, leadership, ministry, and facilities for maximum ministry impact. She spearheads the annual Alignment Conference for Aspen Group and oversees ministry relations and all communications for Aspen Group.

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Events | Multisite

You Are Here: Building Your Church for Community Impact

By: Marian Liautaud
July 18, 2018

Your church building is one of the most powerful billboards you have for communicating your presence and purpose to your community. Are you leveraging this asset to its fullest potential? Are you communicating that you’re a church both in and for the community?

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Church Design | church building

3 Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Church Building Partner

By: Marian Liautaud
June 27, 2018

Your church has decided it’s ready to renovate or build a new facility. Your next big decision will be to determine who you’ll hire as your church building partner. Many church bylaws and rules of governance dictate a due diligence process that includes soliciting multiple firms with a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) or a Request for Proposal (RFP) as a primary means for comparing building partners.

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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
May 22, 2018

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

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Culture | Church Construction | Managing Facilities

3 Keys for Discovering Your Church's DNA

By: Marian Liautaud
April 04, 2018

What makes your church your church? The distinctive elements within your building that tell the story of who you are as a faith community? Kevin Miller, Senior Pastor at Church of the Savior in Wheaton, Illinois, shares insights he gleaned from his own experience leading his previous church—Church of the Resurrection in Wheaton, Illinois—through a major adaptive reuse building project. He explores three keys for discovering the essential elements that make your church distinct in a video series titled, “Telling Your Church’s Unique Story.”

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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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Christmas

Merry Christmas from Aspen Group

By: Marian Liautaud
December 22, 2017

From all of us at Aspen Group, we wish you a Merry Christmas and every blessing in the new year! We're grateful to have partnered with so many churches in 2017, and we're looking forward to continuing to fulfill our mission to create space for ministry impact throughout the coming year.

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Best of Aspen 2017 Resources

By: Marian Liautaud
December 19, 2017

Before we step into 2018, here's one more look at our top blogs posts and new resources from this past year. See you on the other side of the calendar flip!

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Multisite | alignment conference

Best Practices for the Church Multisite Model

By: Marian Liautaud
December 07, 2017

In 2001, the first multisite campus launched at Willow Creek Community Church in Chicago, using video to share the teaching across campuses.

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Events | Multisite | Church Culture | alignment conference | facilities | thanksgiving

Thank You to Our 2017 Alignment Conference Partners

By: Marian Liautaud
November 22, 2017

In this Thanksgiving season, we'd like to extend our sincere gratitude to the 2017 Alignment Conference Partners, who helped make this year's event possible. Please take some time to review this year's roster of partners who play vital roles in supporting our clients throughout the year.

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Leadership | Church Culture

The No. 1 Challenge for Every Pastor

By: Marian Liautaud
November 09, 2017

If you are a pastor or church leader, you will inevitably encounter challenges in your ministry. It's tempting to think that it's our circumstances that create our greatest challenges. According to Pastor Mark Jobe, however, this is a myth: “If you are a leader in any capacity, in your church, in a ministry, your greatest challenge is not a lack of resources. If you grow enough, you’ll learn how to raise those resources. Your greatest challenge is not leaders, because if you grow enough, you’ll learn how to attract leaders. Your greatest challenge is not immaturity, because if you grow enough, you’ll learn how to lead people to maturity. Your greatest challenge is not the neighborhood you’re in or the changing demographics, because if you grow enough, you’ll find solutions to reach those changing demographics. Your greatest challenge is you.”  

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