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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:

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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.

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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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In the Shadow of the Cross

By: Nelson Eisenmann
July 16, 2015

The cross has always been a powerful symbol for Christians, standing as a reminder of suffering, salvation, and the ultimate sacrifice of Jesus on our behalf. And it was a powerful moment for Mark Johnson, pastor at Calvary Church in Springfield, Illinois, when a 100-foot steel cross was erected in front of the church in its prominent new location along Highway 72. "I sensed the Lord speaking to me to do something on our property that people would see and identify, and the cross was the natural choice,” says Pastor Mark.

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A New Way to Think About Your Old Church Spaces

By: Jed Davis
January 15, 2015

In the game of new versus old, new typically wins out. Who doesn’t love new? We love new shoes, new haircuts, new cars—even opting for that new car smell if we must buy used.

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Celebrating Christmas

By: Brad Eisenmann
December 19, 2014

There’s nothing like Christmas to highlight the importance of place—a place to worship, to connect, and to grow together. As this year comes to a close, we’re grateful to work alongside churches to help them discover how to create this sense of place—ministry space that becomes people’s church home.

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From Outdated to Updated: A Tale of Two Churches

By: Lynn Pickard
December 16, 2014

Last week in this space, we outlined how you and your team can take your church from outdated to updated in three easy steps. This week, we’ll cover how we followed those same tips in working with two churches on their renovations.

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From Outdated to Updated in 3 Easy Steps

By: Lynn Pickard
December 10, 2014

It happens every time you enter your church building. You walk up to the front entryway, swing the door open, and step right into the time machine that is your church—designed and decorated the exact same way it was back in 1985, or 1998, or 2003, or maybe even 1970.

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3 Things We’re Grateful For in 2014

By: Brad Eisenmann
November 26, 2014

Aspen Group has the privilege of partnering with churches throughout the Midwest to create church space that radically enhances ministry impact. Here are three things we’re grateful for as we near the end of 2014:

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How to Tap Outside Resources to Stretch Ministry Dollars

By: Aspen Group
September 30, 2014

Every church operates on a finite supply of resources. Your funds are limited. Your materials are limited. Your people are limited.

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Tour Aspen Group’s Latest Building Project: CCC Yellow Box

By: Aspen Group
August 14, 2014

At this year's Alignment Conference, you'll not only HEAR great content on Millennials and church architecture. You'll also be able to SEE, TOUCH, and SMELL it.

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