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Building Gods Way — Not Your Parents’ Church
Fresno, CA (PRWEB) May 09, 2012

“Not Your Parents’ Church”, a national seminar presented by Building Gods Way (BGW), will will be hosted at the Cornerstone Church Conference Center in Fresno, California on Thursday, May 24. The seminar speaker panel includes experts in the areas of church architecture, church building, church fundraising, church growth and leadership. Each of the speakers have worked with hundreds of ministries across the country and will share vital information about how successful and vibrant churches are responding to the largest generational shift in U.S. history.

Not Your Parents Church will shed light on how the new generation is impacting the way ministry space is being designed, utilized and funded. Recent research indicates that 70% of those in the millennial generation feel that church is not relevant in their lives and a paradigm shift is bringing about new economic realities for ministries. Building God’s Way church architects have designed more than 500 facilities for churches and Christian schools and will share new perspectives on master planning and design that are key in reaching the Millennial generation.

The architects and the local BGW church builder, Hilbers, Inc., will also share about a unique construction delivery model that is changing the way churches and Christian schools are being built. With a foundation based on relationships, stewardship and outreach, this proven process is delivering a consistent 20-30% savings compared to standard design and building methods – without lowering quality.

As the founder of the integrated Building Gods Way process, architect and seminar speaker Dan Cook has developed proven techniques for signature design and cost-effective construction. He has led the BGW team through the design of nearly 600 ministry facilities, including nearly 7 million square feet of cost effective education and worship space nationwide. Dans innovative processes have enabled the company to build high quality and functional religious facilities at 20-30% less than traditional methods.

BGW Architects have been recognized with a number of national design awards, including multiple WFX Solomon Awards for Best Church Architect, Best Church Design, Best Special Project and Best Digital Church; The Lutheran Church Arts & Architecture Award for Best Liturgical Design, and recognition among the 7 most innovative churches in America by Ministry Today.

Pastor Terry Bates will headline the fundraising and growth tracks of the seminars. Terry has personally led several congregations through barriers to incredible growth and have helped ministries across the country to inspire and motivate their congregations to successfully fund their God-given vision. Terry Bates is currently the pastor of OKC Faith Church in Oklahoma City and is the author of Positioning Your Church. Terry previously worked with Dr. John Maxwells Million Leader Mandate, in which he was involved in training more than 250,000 in Asia and Africa.

Pastor Bates will share some keys to developing momentum in any economic environment, momentum that can lead to increased attendance, greater member involvement and increased giving capacity. In another session, the pastors will provide an overview of a radically different concept in capital fundraising called Hearing from God. This refreshing approach is having dynamic results with ministries around the country without the high pressure and manipulation tactics common with most capital fundraising campaigns.

For more information or to register for a BGW Not Your Parents’ Church seminar, visit the BGW Events Registration web page.

About Building Gods Way – With a portfolio of nearly 400 churches and 120 Christian schools and colleges nationwide, Building God’s Way (BGW) has become a recognized leader in ministry design and construction. BGW has also developed an unparalleled network of kingdom building services that extend beyond just architecture and building and includes growth coaching, vision casting, capital fundraising, financing, leadership development and more. The mission of Building Gods Way is to build Gods Kingdom by translating the God-given ministry vision of Christian organizations through high-quality, cost-effective buildings and by demonstrating the love of Christ on the job site through the BGW Ministry of Construction program.


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Cee Harmon is the founder of Elevate Christian Network and Elevate Your Potential Magazine. He enjoys helping people improve the quality of their lives - spirit, soul, and body.
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