I am currently writing posts on various issues related to buildings for the blog at Congregational Resource Guide. My current post is on security systems: https://mail.westernpresbyterian.org/exchweb/bin/redir.asp?URL=http://www.congregationalresources.org/blogs/safe-sacred-places-building-security-systems I invite you to follow the link.
In my experience, building security is not well thought out or well-implemented in many congregations. Oftentimes, I find it easier to get in a bank than the office door of a congregation. Something is wrong about that scenario! How do we balance security needs with the welcoming spirit a religious congregation should demonstrate. I welcome any thoughts you may have. You can post them either at the CRG blog or here.
I plan on putting links here to future CRG posts. When I complete my time writing for CRG, I plan on writing regularly in this space. I am grateful for the wonderful response to my book The Business of the Church. In February, I will be speaking on management issues for the Center for Congregations in Indiana as well as the Synod of Mid-America and The Heartland Center in Kansas City. In May, I will be leading a group at Lake Junalaska in Asheville. In July, I will return to Union Theological Seminary in Richmond to lead a one-day seminar. Thanks to all of you for your support as, together, we think about how we more effectively manage our congregations.
Thanks for your thoughts John. We would welcome any of your blog followers in the midwest to come to the event at Heartland Center on February 23, They can see details on the Heartland Center.org website or contact me by Email. We’re looking forward to having you with us in the Kansas City area!