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.