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Is the Church You’re in Today Built to Reach People Tomorrow? Now, more than ever, churches need to invest in well-designed facilities to help create space for people to connect with God and others. But the way that people experience God and community is changing. In this video, Aspen architect Derek DeGroot looks at key shifts in…

At Stones Crossing Church in Greenwood, Indiana, roughly 900 people attend weekend services each week at the site they purchased and built on in 2003. Over the years, the church has become known for strengthening marriages and families. “Young parents want to know how to disciple their kids and invest in their marriage,” says Dave…

To be effective, each church needs to identify its growth engines and growth barriers—aspects of ministry that either foster or inhibit growth.

Barna Group and the Cornerstone Knowledge Network (CKN), on behalf of Aspen Group and Fishhook, undertook a study of multisite and church plants across the country to discover and define today’s models for expansion. We interviewed a variety of leaders across the country from all sorts of different communities—suburban, rural and urban. We conducted in-depth…

Before we fully wind down 2016, here’s one more look at our top five blogs posts from the year. We look forward to seeing you in 2017!   #5. Three Keys to Discovering What Makes Your Church Your Church What makes your church your church? The distinctive elements within your building that tell the story of who you…

Church facilities matter. The people and the physical spaces that make up the church are conduits for connecting people to God and others. But the story has shifted over the past few decades. With the advent and advancement of today’s mobile platforms and their constant access to endless digital clutter, spaces have become more like rest…

What are the essential needs of a multisite or planting church when it comes to facilities? Researchers at Barna Group asked pastors and senior leaders to choose what is most important to invest in for their facility if they were to face budget constraints. Top Priorities for Multisite or Planting Churches The findings, available in…

In this season of gratitude, we’d like to give thanks to our 2016 Alignment Conference Partners, who not only help us host the annual event for senior pastors, executive pastors, elders, and ministry leaders, but who also play vital roles in serving all our clients throughout the year. All these companies help bring our church…

I feel a deep sense of gratitude as we celebrate Thanksgiving. This year has been full of new growth on so many fronts. First, we’ve added five new employees to our team this year. Each of these positions was filled to support increased growth now and to sustain it in the future. We’ve broken ground…

“And if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday.” — Isaiah 58:10 As the prophet Isaiah declared, we are called to give of our ourselves to serve the world in tangible ways….

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