Resolving Church Conflict - Buildings and Baggage

July 30, 2017 by: Laura Lincoln

As a leader, the last thing you want is to find yourself in the middle of a complex task you aren’t sure you can do well. This fear is compounded if you’ve been a part of a failed project (of any kind) in the past. How do you get past the past, and put down any old baggage from past failures? Better yet, how do you learn from the past so that you can be calm during change and resolve all types of ... Read More

Design Process / Master Planning / Building Committee / Church Change

Church Transitions - Growing Building Program Support

July 25, 2017 by: Laura Lincoln

Leaders are always ahead of the game in the process of change. They have to be. They came up with the idea, or quickly embraced it.  Everyone else is at least one step behind. That’s just the way it works.  However, growing building program support for church transitions requires everyone, or at least a large number of the congregation to also get on board. Inevitably, there will be people who ... Read More

Design Process / Church Change / Master Planning

Dealing With Church Conflict - Building Projects and Mission Statements

July 14, 2017 by: Laura Lincoln

Crafting Mission and Vision Statements can be excruciating. Most people know that their congregation should have them, but they aren’t sure why. It feels a bit foreign, as though “business-speak” has crept into the vocabulary of faith.  And connecting building projects to mission statements and vision statements may seem to be totally irrelevant.  But in reality these connections are important in ... Read More

Design Process / Church Change / Master Planning

Handling Church Conflict and Change - Importance of Mourning

June 22, 2017 by: Laura Lincoln

Every change, no matter how welcome, causes stress because making a change means letting go of something familiar. That is a loss, and when there is loss there is mourning.  Anyone handling church conflict and change should also anticipate the importance of mourning for individuals and for groups. All of us deal with low levels of change/loss/mourning on a daily basis and manage to find our way ... Read More

Design Process / Church Change / Master Planning

Conflict in the Church - Building, Money, and Stewardship

June 6, 2017 by: Laura Lincoln

Money issues are complicated. It’s hard for a congregation to talk about money. It’s even harder to ask for it. You can expect any issues concerning building, money, and stewardship to produce conflict in the church. While it’s safe to say that the majority of us would like to have more money, perhaps that is all we agree upon. For example, some people think of credit card debt as an acceptable ... Read More

Church Change / Church Design & Construction

Building Projects and Church Conflict Resolution: Are You Being Too Nice?

June 2, 2017 by: Laura Lincoln

Leaders need support during times of change, so do congregations. It’s tough to get through any kind of change, even a good one like a building project, with absolute trust in the process. New parents, kids off to college, brides and grooms all have moments of doubt, if not outright fear. Your congregation members will have doubts too, beginning the second you say the words, “building project” ... Read More

Church Change / Design Process / Master Planning / Building Committee

Managing Change and Conflict during Church Building Projects: What’s Stopping You?

May 31, 2017 by: Laura Lincoln

We’re excited to welcome guest blogger Laura Lincoln, an expert in managing church change. Laura will be contributing a series of guest blogs over the next several weeks dealing with early issues of conflict in planning for a major building program. You know your congregation needs to make changes. Your worship space is too small or inflexible. There’s no place for staff or volunteers to work. A ... Read More

Design Process / Master Planning / Building Committee / Church Change

Planning Ahead for Construction Disruption The Role of the Transition Committee

August 24, 2016 by: Ben Heimsath

When a congregation or non-profit group is considering a building program of any size, it’s easy to overlook a range of issues that aren’t directly part of construction, but will likely occur before, during, and even after. These frustrating details have to do with all the disruptions caused by construction activity. Where will groups meet? Will they need help to move out or move in? Who will ... Read More

Design Process / Building Committee

Church Kitchens and Accessibility - 5 Issues to Consider

October 23, 2015 by: Eric Mac Inerney

Accessibility issues can be particularly complicated and challenging for churches.  When it comes to church kitchens and accessibility, there are a surprising number of gray areas in applying building codes and permitting requirements.  Here are five issues that need to be considered early in the planning of your kitchen:   Volunteers are not Employees and not all that goes on in a Church Kitchen ... Read More

Church Design & Construction / building codes / Codes & Permitting

Successful Stained Glass Back-Lighting

October 7, 2015 by: Eric Mac Inerney

In the past, stained glass back-lighting has been quite difficult.  The fluorescent and incandescent light sources we had to work with created heat, were hard to access, and had color issues.  The stained glass never looked good compared to the natural lighting provided by sunlight.  However there are some new LED solutions that are making it much easier to have a beautiful installation without ... Read More

Church Design & Construction / Liturgical Arts / Technology