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Marian V. Liautaud

Marian joined the Aspen team in 2014 as Director of Marketing. She shares stories about how Aspen designs, builds, and furnishes space for ministry impact.

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Church Culture | Community Impact

Is Your Church Ready to Move into Phase 2 of a COVID-19 Response Plan?

By: Marian V. Liautaud
March 26, 2020

With churches across the country forced to close their doors to avoid the spread of COVID-19, many pastors and leadership teams have been scrambling to figure out new ways to assemble for worship and fellowship. A church in Kentucky held a worship service in an unused drive-in movie theater, and many others are trying to learn how to livestream for the first time.

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Church Design | Church Construction

Aspen Group Expands Southeast Presence with Launch of Florida Studio

By: Marian V. Liautaud
March 01, 2020

In 2015, Aspen Group expanded its territory to design, build, and furnish churches in the Southeast states. Since opening a studio in South Carolina, we’ve completed projects in Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina, with more projects underway in these states as well as a growing number in Florida. Now, to better serve churches, we’ve opened a second studio in the Southeast, located in Florida.

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Multisite | church planting

The Great Collaboration: The Missing Piece in Church Expansion

By: Marian V. Liautaud
February 26, 2020

Exponential, the world’s largest church planting conference, has been pushing churches to move beyond multisites and embrace multiplication as a church expansion plan.

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church facilities | Church Security | Church Safety

How to Design Your Church with Safety in Mind

By: Marian V. Liautaud
February 19, 2020

In this heightened era of anxiety about active shooters and other safety concerns, churches are increasingly asking how to design ministry space with security in mind.

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Church Design | Culture | Events | Church Construction

Equipping Church Planters: Why Aspen Partners With NewThing

By: Marian V. Liautaud
January 28, 2020

Since 2014, Aspen Group has supported and partnered with NewThing, a dynamic and growing movement for church planters. NewThing helps leaders, churches, and church planters plant healthy reproducing churches to achieve the Jesus Mission in Acts 1:8, to be his witnesses “in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

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Multisite | Ministry | Community Impact

Strategies for Community Impact: How 3 Pastors and Their Churches Are Making a Difference

By: Marian V. Liautaud
January 23, 2020

What will it take for the church to regain its place in the center of our culture? I posed this question in a panel discussion with three visionary leaders: Tom Elenbaas, Harbor Churches; Mark Jobe, New Life Community Church; and Dave Ferguson, Community Christian Church. (You can see the full conversation here.)  

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church facilities | Church Security | Church Safety

How to Prevent a Shooting and Other Security Risks at Your Church

By: Marian V. Liautaud
January 15, 2020

Carl Chinn, a church security writer, researcher, and consultant, has been tracking deadly force incidents at churches since 1999. According to his findings, 2017 was the worst year for church violence with 118 violent deaths reported at houses of worship. Though statistically an active shooter is a low security threat for churches, gun violence is what makes the news and creates a ripple effect of fear among churchgoers.

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Church Culture

Top 5 Church Building Topics in 2019

By: Marian V. Liautaud
December 23, 2019

Every year we like to look back and see which topics featured on website addressed the top felt needs of our readers. Here is our round-up of the top five most-read articles and resources for 2019:

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Church Design | church building

3 Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Church Building Partner

By: Marian V. Liautaud
December 10, 2019

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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Leadership | Church Culture

5 Truths for Building Generous Givers in Your Church

By: Marian V. Liautaud
November 12, 2019

Sometimes, churches fall into a trap of thinking that building generosity for community impact simply means building something external like a community center or a coffee shop in order to inspire people to give more to the church. According to Julie Bullock, Senior Generosity Strategist at Generis, cultivating true generosity, actually has less to do with what people are giving to and more about what people are giving from.

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