My Summer Vacation Worship Report

While there are many creative ways that young people write reports about their summer vacations that creativity rarely extends into adulthood.  Rather than attempt such an ambitious project, I offer some insight into one hour of my summer vacation: worship at Naples United Church of Christ. Under Construction No church is ever complete. No community of faith has ever arrived.  Every congregation is always under construction. Given these theological assertions, I was pleasantly surprised Read More …

Continuing Decline in Church Construction

The following image illustrates the dramatic decline in total religious construction spending in the United States since 2002. So What? The amount spent on construction has trended downward for the last decade.  While a slowdown during a recession is expected, this is something far more significant.   This year's religious construction expenditures are on pace to be less than 50% of what was spent in 2002.  Many church budgets are flat or declining and many have halted all capital campaigns Read More …