What questions should a church ask when choosing auditorium and/or sanctuary seating? Churches desire to be good stewards of their budget; with so many different types of seating available, how do they make the best decision?
“The Church isn’t a building, it’s people”, yet our buildings for worship and ministry become bland and indistinguishable from the local mall, office building or movie theatre. What we desperately need is more “intelligent design”.
It’s pretty safe to say that growth is good. It generally means your church is doing it’s job; your ministries are successful, people are being helped and you’re sharing the good news. But does your building help facilitate that growth, or does it work against your success?
Hiring an architect is a big commitment. How do you decide who to work with? One major factor is – can you trust them to do a good job? Ask these 5 questions to get to know your architect.
When it comes to finding financial resources for ministry in churches today, most of us do not understand fundraising well.
Establishing a realistic budget for a new building project is essential, but many churches only consider the basic building costs when setting their budgets. A Global Project Budget will include ALL the project costs.
We seldom even notice the buildings around us, never mind find inspiration in them. Building W15 is an exception. It’s more than a building, it’s architectural genius.
With a little forethought, church building design can actually support and enhance your ministry. Here’s how we do it.
If your church is comparing different sites for it’s new building, how do you reasonably evaluate which one is best? Location of course. Vehicle access. Size. Price. Utilities and other site services. And while the shape of your property is not the most important factor in your comparison, it does affect the design and layout of your building.
As your church considers property for its expansion or relocation project it’s important to find out what the land was previously used for, but it’s not always possible to tell simply by looking at the surface.
The conversation usually starts like this “When you renovate you’ll have to ‘bring it up to Code’”. A vague statement like this can conjure up all sorts of doomsday scenarios for your church, most of them involving large amounts of money.
Few questions generate more discussion during the design stage than this one. When it comes to the idea of a sanctuary, many people feel it needs to be dedicated solely to worship and don’t really understand the concept of a multi-purpose worship space.
You’ve probably heard of this mysterious document called the Building Code. Even it’s name makes it sound cryptic – since it’s written in “code” we assume it’s something we can’t easily understand. But really it’s only about one thing…
Imagine your church has found the ideal property in the perfect location, and you can visualize the finished building in your mind, a vibrant hub of church ministry. Beautiful! Suddenly your dream is rudely interrupted: Ring, ring, the City’s calling… you can’t build a church there!
Most of us spend around 90% of our lives indoors, working, living, shopping and entertaining, and so from first hand experience we have a sense that architecture is about buildings. Well architecture IS about buildings, but it’s also much, much more.