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Community Impact | Relaunch Church | Phygital

Phygital Church: Brave Questions to Ask as You Blend Your Physical and Digital Ministry

By: Greg Snider
March 11, 2021

Pioneering as an online church may not have been at the top of your plan last year, but you faced challenges and discovered opportunities in the midst of a pandemic. Now, you’ve shifted into a time of anticipation and planning for what comes next for your church, both online and in-person.

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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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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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facilities | Community Impact | Educational Environments

Making Space to Form the Next Generation in Higher Education

By: Derek DeGroot
February 16, 2021

Creating space for ministry impact extends beyond church buildings, especially as we consider what it means to disciple the next generation. Shaping the future leaders of the church means that we need to create space for forming people in the midst of rapidly changing culture. 

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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 facilities | Community Impact | Relaunch Church | Design Week

How to Adapt Your Church for Phased-In Gathering Sizes

By: Derek DeGroot
January 11, 2021

As COVID-19 restrictions change in various states across the country and congregations start to regather in their church facilities, many churches are facing a new realization: their building isn’t designed with spaces to accommodate groups of 10 to 50, the range for church gathering sizes in many states.

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church facilities | Community Impact | Relaunch Church | Design Week

How to Transform Your Church Parking Lot for Outdoor Gatherings

By: Mary Bellus
June 12, 2020

In this current COVID-19 culture, many churches are finding the need to think outside the realm of the normal function of their church facilities in planning how to bring people physically back to church. They're reconfiguring larger worship spaces to conform to smaller gathering standards, and adapting outdoor spaces for prayer walks and as respite for the community. In the following post, Aspen designers, Craig Dobyns, Rob Gordon, Rosie Mitchell, and César Espinoza, share new ways you can use your church parking lot for innovative, safe gathering spaces.  

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Church Design | Community Impact | Relaunch Church

How to Design Spaces that Serve as a Respite for the Community

By: Mary Bellus
May 29, 2020

At Aspen, we often talk about creating places that can be an intentional gift for the community—a beautiful space with no cost of admission where people can find rest. Especially in times of heightened anxiety, spaces that connect people with our Creator and the natural world serve as a respite from stress and frustration, especially in this season of COVID. In the following post, Aspen architects Craig Dobyns, César Espinoza, and Rosie Mitchell share design ideas for ways you can create spaces of rest and respite in your church setting.  

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Church Culture | Community Impact | Relaunch Church

Weathering the Financial Effects of COVID-19 on Your Church Budget

By: Erika Soerens
May 14, 2020

Churches have experienced economic downturns, natural disasters, and more. But previous to COVID-19 hitting the U.S., there has never been a period in modern history when faith communities have been unable to gather and church operations are so badly disrupted as they are today. This disruption has affected every aspect of church life, including giving toward the general fund—every church’s revenue mainstay.

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Church Culture | Community Impact | Relaunch Church

How to Handle Online Offerings at Church: Best Practices from Stewardship Specialists

By: Erika Soerens
May 07, 2020

When the COVID-19 crisis forced houses of worship to close their doors, most churches quickly adapted and pivoted to doing online church. According to a Barna/Gloo’s Church Pulse Weekly poll in mid-April, only 3% of the 875 pastors were not doing church services online. Pastors have had to adjust their preaching style to accommodate moving from a big platform to speaking to their flock on a small screen. Churches have also had to learn how to handle the offering moment virtually.

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Church Culture | Community Impact | Relaunch Church

From the Big Room to the Small Screen

By: Evan McBroom
May 05, 2020

When COVID-19 hit, pastors had to make the shift, nearly overnight, of leading from a sanctuary platform with a room full of people to preaching and teaching on our small screens. As I’ve watched pastors quickly adapt, I can’t get The Producers, a smash hit Broadway musical that was later adapted as a movie, out of my mind.  

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