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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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facilities | Community Impact | Educational Environments

Benet Academy Design-Build Project Provides Fresh Solutions to Connect a New Generation of Students

By: Marian V. Liautaud
February 25, 2021

While churches and schools often have similar facility-related challenges, like adapting to meet the next generation's needs, each one has unique goals, challenges, and a story to tell.

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Leadership | church facilities | Relaunch Church

How to Facilitate a “Relaunch Church” Meeting with Your Leadership Team

By: Marian V. Liautaud
February 23, 2021

When COVID-19 hit the U.S., church leaders faced the unexpected and overwhelming challenge of closing their doors. You may have had to quickly figure out how to stream services and move ministry activities online. Now, you’re likely grappling with the daunting details of how to reopen your facilities for in-person worship and other ministries. You and your church leadership team are wrestling myriad questions and concerns about how to relaunch church in COVID-safe ways. At the same time, as a leader, you need to lift your eyes, look out at the horizon, and ask, “What have we learned about our church in this crisis that can help us prepare for a new season of ministry?”  

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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 | Project Profiles | Church Construction

Built to Be a Beacon: How One Urban Church Offers Hope—and a Home—to Its Community

By: Marian V. Liautaud
February 10, 2021

St. Timothy Community Church in Gary, Indiana, stands at the corner of 25th and Grant, a beacon of hope and light in a neighborhood that’s marred by economic hardship and gang violence. Though the church’s exterior design and location creates an inviting presence in the community, church leaders wanted the building’s interior to convey this same sense of welcome for all ages—especially for youth.

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Church Culture | Community Impact | Relaunch Church

Relaunching Church in a COVID World

By: Marian V. Liautaud
February 01, 2021

The Coronavirus pandemic has stretched every church to find new ways to fulfill its mission to be the Body of Christ. The church never was the building. It is and always has been people who make up the church. During this season of social distancing, congregations are learning anew what it means to be the Church.

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Church Design | Church Culture

How One Church Redesigned with Men in Mind

By: Marian V. Liautaud
January 28, 2021

Brookville Road Community Church in New Palestine, Indiana, exists to inspire people to become wholehearted followers of Jesus. They place a special emphasis on reaching men because they've found that when husbands and fathers feel more comfortable in the space, they are more likely to return to church and bring their family. The leaders at Brookville Road have cued into a reality that Barna uncovered in a recent study on men in America titled, Five Essentials to Engage Today’s Men. The study, in partnership with BetterMan, a resource for men’s ministries, was conducted to find out how both churchgoing Christians and men overall are navigating 21st-century waters.

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Church Design | church facilities | Relaunch Church

4 Ways to Reimagine Large Gathering Spaces for Smaller Groups

By: Marian V. Liautaud
January 26, 2021

Since COVID-19 hit and churches were forced to leave their buildings, Aspen Group has been working to help churches prepare to relaunch. "Some of the key church spaces Aspen focuses on, like worship and gathering spaces, have been empty as Americans have stayed safe at home," says Aspen Group Project Architect Craig Dobyns. "My design attention shifted from how we gather and fellowship as a church body in our buildings, to how our buildings can serve the community that is staying at home. Our buildings are still ministry tools, and churches are in a unique position to reimagine their space, even if temporarily."  

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church facilities | Relaunch Church | Rapid Relaunch | Design Week

3 Urgent Issues Facing the Church, and Design Solutions to Address Them

By: Marian V. Liautaud
January 12, 2021

Even as the new year starts, churches across America are facing ongoing challenges brought on by the pandemic. Added to the effects of COVID are tectonic shifts in culture that are changing the way churches will reach people with the hope of the gospel. Aspen has been partnering for years with Barna to explore how to leverage data and design to build a better future for the Church.

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church facilities | Relaunch Church | Rapid Relaunch

Our Top 10 Resources to Relaunch Church in 2021

By: Marian V. Liautaud
December 18, 2020

When COVID hit and churches had to lockdown earlier this year, pastors everywhere wondered what to do about their empty buildings and how to maximize their facilities once they're ready to regather in person. We worked hard to help guide you through uncertain times. As the pandemic continues, here are our most-read articles and resources to help you prepare for a strong start in 2021.

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church facilities | Relaunch Church | Rapid Relaunch | Phygital

Christmas + COVID: 7 Ways to Prepare Your Church Building

By: Marian V. Liautaud
December 08, 2020

Churches that plan to offer in-person Christmas worship services this year may need to adapt their facility to mitigate the potential spread of COVID.  Your church lobby serves as the first point of entry. It’s the initial space that greets newcomers and long-timers, and it’s the place where people will want to mingle most. But, how will it work in the midst of COVID?

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church facilities | Relaunch Church | Rapid Relaunch | Phygital | Design Week

4 Questions Churches Are Asking About Phygital Church, and How to Know If It’s Right for Your Church

By: Marian V. Liautaud
December 03, 2020

Your church building is one tool of many to help you express your mission, accomplish ministry goals, and connect with people. When churches create ministry space, they do it to facilitate the programming they are currently providing—or hope to provide in the near future. The world, however, is changing more quickly all the time. Physical space that serves ministry purposes today may not provide the kinds of spaces we need next year, let alone for the next decade or more.

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