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Leadership | Millennials

4 Ways to Break Down Generational Walls

By: Jessica Stollings
June 29, 2015

Traditional. Steady. Flexible. Tech-savvy. These words describe key differences between four of the most prominent generations in our culture—Traditionalist, Baby Boomer, Generation X, and Millennials. Churches are one of the few places in society that bring these four generations, plus two more—the Greatest Generation and iGen—under one roof.

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Church Design | Culture | Millennials

Why the Church Should Reclaim Sacred Space

By: Derek DeGroot
June 02, 2015

  Perhaps the most powerfully symbolic icon of church past is the cathedral—a striking icon of a relationship between this world and the one above. The youngest generations (and the unchurched) still see the cathedral as the symbol of Christianity. Hollywood has depended on the steeple and gothic architecture to paint their own picture of church today, through TV, movies, and other media. And in our media-steeped, hyperconnected culture, people still long for places of contemplation and solitude.

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

Aspen Group’s 2015 Alignment Conference to Focus on Building a Story

By: Aspen Group
June 01, 2015

Your church building is more than a backdrop. More than a setting for a story. It’s a main character, helping you narrate your church’s story. What people see, hear, and feel in church creates the narrative of their experience. But how can you build a story through physical space? A story that captures the hearts and minds of all who enter?

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Events | Leadership | Millennials | Managing Facilities

How to Get Your Generations Talking

By: Marian V. Liautaud
May 27, 2015

It took nearly 1,500 years after the death of Christ for Johann Gutenberg and his assistant Johann Fust to invent the first successful interchangeable type printing press. This enabled the world to move from oral and handwritten communication to mass produced print media.

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Culture | Events | Millennials | Church Construction | Managing Facilities

5 Tips for Engaging Millennials in a Church Building Project

By: Kevin Miller
May 21, 2015

Thinking of renovating your church space? Before you do, consider tapping the Millennials (ages 18 to 30) in your congregation—not only for their ideas and input, but also for their leadership. Many churches make the mistake of overlooking this important generation, especially when it comes to a church building project.

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Events | Leadership | Millennials | Managing Facilities

What Millennials Want: Is Rachel Held Evans Right?

By: Marian V. Liautaud
May 14, 2015

Photo via The Washington Post. When Christian blogger Rachel Held Evans recently published her Washington Post opinion piece, “Want Millennials Back in the Pews? Stop Trying to Make Church ‘Cool,’” she struck a chord with thousands of readers.

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Church Design | Events | Leadership | Millennials | Church Construction

3 Ways Your Church Design Can Engage All Generations

By: Jessica Stollings
April 28, 2015

One Sunday last fall, I walked into our local YMCA unsure of what I might find. As much as I could have used some time on the treadmill, my intention was not to workout, but to check out a four-year-old church plant I had heard a lot about.

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Church Design | Millennials | Church Culture

Creating Spaces To Bring Generations Together

By: Derek DeGroot
April 27, 2015

It is both encouraging and curious to see how open the next generation is to connecting with older generations. Much like they view issues of race, sexuality, and gender equality, Millennials are equally open to the idea of relationships with those much older than they are.

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Events | Leadership | Millennials

What’s Your Church’s Generational IQ?

By: Jessica Stollings
April 07, 2015

I recently asked my dad if he would sit down for a video interview about how growing up in the mid-20th century influenced the way he sees the world today. In his typical style, he was all in.

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Church Design | Culture | Millennials

Five Steps to Color Your Space for Rest

By: Lynn Pickard
March 19, 2015

In the landmark Barna/CKN study, Making Space for Millennials there are some strong, big-picture ideas for making your physical space more Millennial-friendly. But when it’s time to make those ideas a practical reality, are you equipped to make the design choices that will bring your principles to life?

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