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Random stuff we found interesting, grabbed our attention, or simply some things we would like to share with you.

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We’ve got a story to tell, don’t we?

We’ve got a story to tell, don’t we? At least in the old days, when you walked up to a typical, garden-variety church there was a steeple perched up on top. Yep, that’s a church. Now more often than not you have to look for the sign out front to make sure it’s not the […]

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FLORIDA CHURCH LOOKS TO RE-CREATE THE LOST VISION OF EDEN IN DISNEY’S BACKYARD

Almost five decades ago, a storyteller named Walt Disney took what he had learned about the intersection of story and space and “imagineered” a Disney World roughly the same size as San Francisco and twice the size of Manhattan in the swamps of central Florida. He envisioned a city-sized environment where people could step in […]

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CHURCH RENEWS ITS DISCIPLESHIP STRATEGY, STORY AND SPACE—WITH IMMEDIATE RESULTS

A century-old Free Methodist church founded in 1908 in the middle of Washington state was not the most likely church home and mission field for 35-year-old Mike Wilson. He and I had collaborated on multiple campus expansions of the fast-growing Centerpoint Church in downtown Murrieta, California, where Wilson served as associate pastor for seven years, […]

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A COMMUNITY OASIS: MONTANA CHURCH OPENS WATER PARK

In much of my work over the past decade, I have been tasked with creating gathering places for Christ-centered communities of all sizes, shapes and contexts. There are specific “formulas” and master plans I can follow to ensure space needs are met in terms of seating, parking and support ministry areas (kids, students, adults, etc.). […]

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4 Practical Ways to Cultivate a Creative Church

Tell me if this sounds familiar: You’re with a pastor friend when he tells the story of how he recently preached a sermon that included a physical illustration or creative element that made it sound like he has a team of Pixar legends working at his church. From the outside looking in, he must be […]