Aspen Group Blog

Knowledge to navigate the intersection of church culture, leadership, ministry, and facilities.

Blog Feature

Events | Leadership | Millennials

How to Unite Multiple Generations at Church

By: Marian V. Liautaud
January 07, 2016

Church is one of the few places in America where all generations intersect at the same time for the same purpose—to experience God and grow in our faith. But children experience God differently than young adults. And young adults often sound like they’re speaking a foreign language to older adults. Communication across generational lines is a major barrier in all facets of American life, including at church.

Read More

Share

Blog Feature

Church Design | Events | Millennials

How Well Do You Know the Spiritual Profile of Your City?

By: Marian V. Liautaud
November 17, 2015

Every city has its own spiritual profile—a picture of its people’s religious views, attitudes and lifestyles. For church planters and multisite churches, understanding the faith practices of a city or state can provide meaningful data when determining the spiritual needs and background of a region.

Read More

Share

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.

Blog Feature

Church Design | Project Profiles | Culture | Events | Millennials | Church Construction | Managing Facilities

Details Matter—In Stories and in Design

By: Dona Schnelle
October 14, 2015

Every story can be told in a variety of ways. For example, let’s compare the following texts:

Read More

Share

Blog Feature

Events | Millennials | Church Construction | Managing Facilities

Is the Church You’re in Today Built to Reach People in the Future?

By: Derek DeGroot
September 21, 2015

Church buildings are always a reflection of and a response to the culture in which they exist. For instance, when I design a church, I want it to reflect the DNA of that particular congregation. The building itself tells a story about who the church is. By its design, you can tell what the church values and what its mission is.

Read More

Share

Blog Feature

Church Design | Project Profiles | Culture | Events | Millennials | Managing Facilities

Building a Story Trailer

By: Aspen Group
September 16, 2015

Can an older brick church serve as a beacon of light in a city blighted by violence and economic distress? Can a newer big-box church serve as a community hub in its affluent suburban neighborhood? Two churches. Two very different stories. Both united by a common goal to bring the Gospel to a broken world.

Read More

Share

Blog Feature

Culture | Millennials

A Better Way to Understand Generational Differences

By: Rex Miller
September 02, 2015

On an early, parched Texas summer morning, I drove a few hours south of my Dallas-Forth Worth home to an intentionally aged Texas Hill Country retreat center. I would be releasing mindSHIFT’s new research on workplace engagement and the office of the future to a group of clothing manufacturing executives, who ranged in age from mid-40s to early-60s.

Read More

Share

Blog Feature

Church Design | Culture | Events | Leadership | Millennials | Managing Facilities

Why 20s Will Leave Church Before They Ever Get to the Auditorium

By: Heather Stevens
August 27, 2015

You just got off the plane in a new airport that you’ve never visited before. As you walk up the jetway to the gate and terminal, your mind starts to race.

Read More

Share

Blog Feature

Culture | Events | Leadership | Millennials | Managing Facilities

7 Ways to Change the Story About Giving to Your Church

By: Kevin Miller
August 14, 2015

This was the largest capital campaign in our church’s history, so my wife and I were asked to meet face-to-face with key leaders. As Karen and I drove to Caribou Coffee to meet a twenty-something couple in our church, I thought, This meeting may not be easy. Mark and Debbie care so passionately about social justice, they moved into the lowest-income apartment complex in our area, and they have the bedbug bites to prove their commitment. Now we’d be asking them to give, when much of their gift would build a new sanctuary for our suburban congregation.

Read More

Share

Blog Feature

Church Design | Events | Millennials

Building a Multigenerational Ministry: 2015 Pastors Lunch Recap

By: Kyle Rozendaal
July 30, 2015

Jessica Stollings, author, speaker, and founder of ReGenerations, discussed the power of "generational intelligence" at Aspen Group's Pastors Lunches this year.

Read More

Share

Blog Feature

Church Design | Events | Millennials

Aspen Learning Summit: Reaching the Elusive Millennial Generation

By: Aspen Group
July 22, 2015

When Aspen Group, as a founding partner of the Cornerstone Knowledge Network (CKN), embarked on the Making Space for Millennials (MSFM) research project with Barna Group, we knew this would be a study with a long tail. Since releasing the MSFM report in 2014, Aspen has been exploring findings that surfaced from this national survey in various blog posts, conferences, and live events.

Read More

Share