“IN”vigorate Blog

 

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The “IN”vigorate Blog by Robert Lee and Cindy Day is insightful how-to information on church and school design and construction.

CHURCH PROJECTS: Evangelical Protestant church architecture has seen dramatic shifts in the last ten years. In an ever changing world, what makes for an effective church facility? What places are best for people to want to hang out with friends and family? What places are best for inspiring worship and commitment? What church places are best at inviting our neighbors?

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Join me as we explore what makes for great church and school architecture at this blog called “IN”vigorate. For more information on how we may help your next project click on the following link, visit the robertLEEarchitects homepage.

Convert A Gym To Church

Posted by on Mar 8, 2014 in Blog | 32 comments

Convert A Gym To Church

— In Colorado, a thirty year old gym is being updated and converted into a pleasing and functional multipurpose sanctuary. Read what the issues are and how to cost effectively convert a gym into a church. This is the first of a two part blog. Sanctuary Description: There are many issues to consider when converting a gym building into a pleasing multipurpose sanctuary. Start all conversions with a series of questions: What are your ministry purpose/goals/vision? Who are you ministering to and what are their needs? What makes...

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Beauty of God’s creation

Posted by on Dec 29, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

Beauty of God’s creation

God has given us so many blessings. All around us, all we need to do is take the time to see His blessings. For me, I enjoy seeing His blessings in the beauty of God’s creation. Here are some examples.  Ecclesiastes 3: 11a (NLT) … God has made everything beautiful for its own time. This past summer I just happened to take the time to enjoy the blessing of seeing a bubble bee on this flower. It was but a few seconds of all of this coming together to snap this photograph. Maybe God created this perfect moment with the flower and...

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Arapahoe High School Shooting

Posted by on Dec 15, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

Arapahoe High School Shooting

On Friday, tragedy struck our quiet community. The Arapahoe High School shooting rocked our seemingly perfect world. Our world is not as perfect as we thought as a high school student was angry enough to take a gun to school to try to kill a teacher. A couple of students were caught in the wrong place at the wrong time. One died, along with the shooter. Pray for our community – We are all praying for our students, their families, and the whole community. Please pray with us and for us. Pray for healing. My children all graduated...

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Thanks in tough times

Posted by on Nov 27, 2013 in Blog | 16 comments

Thanks in tough times

For many of us, tough times have continued for yet another year. The economy is still stuck in neutral. Many of us are unemployed, underemployed, or worried they will be in one of these conditions soon. Or many of us, or our loved ones, have ill health. Or our relationships are strained — anger and hurt feeling could be prevailing. It seems like too many of us have lives full of heartache or worry. Thanks in tough times: I have been there, and to a small extent, I am still there. To all of these stresses, I respond with the words from 1...

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Advantages of Church Windows

Posted by on Nov 11, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

Advantages of Church Windows

Church windows have always been important, but new research shows they are important is different ways today. This article reviews the modern advantages of church windows to today’s ministries. As a child, I remember sitting in my parent’s worship service and during the sermon being bored. So to pass the time, I would closely study the pretty stained glass windows. I did not understand all of the pictures they portrayed, but I enjoyed the distraction. Today, not many new church buildings have stained glass windows. In fact, over...

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Contrast in Society

Posted by on Nov 4, 2013 in Blog | 30 comments

Contrast in Society

Yesterday, I noticed a huge contrast in our society. Everyday we make choices to either follow and know God or follow the world and be distracted from God. What do we choose today? Contrast seen while at church: Our church meets in a retail center. By happenstance, yesterday I sat next to the window that overlooks a parking lot entrance to the shopping center. Dozens of cars came and went during the service and I could not help notice the contrast in our society. While we were singing the words to New Life Worship’s song “Great...

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Church Utility Costs Rising

Posted by on Oct 28, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

Church Utility Costs Rising

Churches continue to be hit with bad economic news as utility rates continue to rise throughout the country. In this tough economy where every dollar needs to be spent wisely, energy costs continue to cut into ministry funding. For some churches, even small utility rate increases can be difficult. Electric Rates Rising: According to government statistics , in the Rocky Mountain region electrical rates rose 4.2 percent last year through August 2013. In Colorado, the increase was much bigger at 5.9 percent. In California, electrical rates...

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When do Church Construction?

Posted by on Oct 15, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

When do Church Construction?

Churches often ask me when should they do some construction. Because the cost of construction is so high, most churches put off construction as long as possible. But sometimes, they put off construction too long. Occassionally, churches try to do construction too quickly and this causes many difficulties. This blog tries to answer the question, “When do church construction?” Start with your ministry: Ask your ministry staff if they think conditions are overcrowded to effectively minister and grow. Ask parents if they think the...

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Different Pastoral Search Process

Posted by on Oct 6, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

Different Pastoral Search Process

For the last year our church – Castle Pines Community Church – has taken its time to work through a different pastoral search process. We have done a couple things quite differently than most other church typically do. While the process has added a few months of time, all of our efforts are to find the next pastor that will lead us into the next decade. Brochure: For the last couple of pastoral search processes our church like other churches, quickly tried to work through finding the next lead pastor. This time the denomination...

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Different Pastoral Search

Posted by on Sep 28, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

Different Pastoral Search

For the last 13 months, our church, Castle Pines Community Church, has been going through a different pastoral search. While we are not much different than most other churches, we want the next guy to fit us better and to minister to us, and through us, to our community for much longer than the standard 4 to 8 years. Therefore, I and the rest of the church board are doing a couple of things differently than the previous search processes. Strategic Planning: First with the help from our denomination, the Rocky Mountain Church Network, and...

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