Church Design

Five Considerations to Successfully Transform a Church Building

Our last several blog posts have detailed ways to transform a church building in a time when new construction may not be the best choice because of inflation. While every church is different, there are some common requirements that support a successful transformation of any church building. Here are five common foundations for any successful church design or remodeling project.

1.   Create a Clear Vision for Ministry in Your Community

When some church leaders see that their church building is aging, and perhaps have had ad hoc conversations about it, they naturally want to update their church design. But before you spend money on anything, you should know why you’re doing it. Changes to your church building should be done with purpose and be based on both what your ministry needs are now, as well as where you anticipate they are going in the future.

For example, we’ve written about making a good first impression. But it’s important not to make changes to your church building just because someone wants to copy what another church is doing down the road. You want to prayerfully consider the full ramifications of where you’re going in the future, so you make the right statement to people you’re trying to reach when they walk into your church building.

2.   Know What Ministries Need Better Space in Your Church Design

Once you have your church vision in place, you will know which active ministries to invest in. It may be that some thriving ministries need better functioning space within your church design. For instance, a fixed platform with built-in organ console and choir risers at the front of your worship space can significantly limit your worship options. Remodeling to create a flexible worship space creates freedom for different worship setups and styles without having to construct a new worship center.

Pay attention also to where your existing ministries are outgrowing existing spaces. If your youth group is growing, you may need to rearrange who meets where, and invest in remodeling a different area of your church building to accommodate the youth if you want to keep them coming to church.

3.   Recognize Your Existing Church Building Budget Options

Of course, it’s not always possible to swap ministry spaces within an existing church design. If that’s the case, you might be looking at tearing down a wall or two to combine smaller rooms into one larger area. At that point, it’s important to take a good look at your budget and be realistic about how you can be a good steward of your funding sources, as well as your existing church building.

4.   Allow Time to Investigate Church Design Options

Sometimes church leaders end up focusing on one small element of their church building, such as threadbare carpeting, and think the answer is immediate replacement. A better option is to develop a master plan that considers lighting, paint, and other features, so that you put together a complete scheme rather than just rushing out and changing the carpet.

Another example is the previously mentioned idea of tearing out a wall. Just because removing a wall looks like an easy answer, it may not be the best long-term solution. Before you make any structural modifications to your church design, it’s wise to investigate how each element of your church design fits into a broader whole.

5.   Get People Unified about Your Church Vision

Whatever ideas you have to make your current ministries function more effectively, part of that functioning is having everyone on the same page. Unity is not everyone agreeing on the same color of flooring.  There can be diverse ideas about small details, but in this example, you still need the people to be unified around the concept that the flooring needs updating.  When people have unity about what your church needs, you can proceed with confidence that everyone is committed to what comes next.

To be inspired by other successful church building transitions, sign up for our next free i3 webinar.

2022-07-05T17:44:23+00:00 July 5th, 2022|Church Building, Church Design|

Modernizing Technology in Your Church Building – One Reason to Update

Change is something that’s constant. Change when technology is involved may even be quicker. Every year, it seems new technologies transform what’s possible and this brings church leaders new opportunities when incorporating them into their church building. Here’s an example where we helped church leaders update a church design without investing in a full renovation or new church building.

Understanding How Technology Has Changed

One changing technology trend over the last 30 years is size. In the 1990s, then-modern audiovisual components, recording technology, and monitoring equipment were all large and bulky. This meant that if a church invested in technology in those days, they needed a large, dedicated, and well-air-conditioned room in which to use all that equipment.

Fortunately, everything is much more streamlined today. Multiple AV components can be integrated into a single system, monitored by fewer people. This means less space is needed to house the equipment, usually meaning that space is already available in a church building to handle new tech.  

Struggling to Imagine Modern Technology in an Older Church Building

Updating to modern technology has made it possible for church leaders to stream worship with smaller devices that are relatively simple to operate.

Now, even though people are coming back to church for worship, that thirst for the latest technology remains. The Church of the Messiah is a great example of how integrating new technology into a church design can be accomplished without a total renovation.

This before and after picture shows a number of elements that needed addressing. Church leaders wanted to keep a traditional style of worship, but they wanted more flexibility and technological capability.

One challenge: they wanted to keep their pipe organ. Behind that screen at the front of the church are five chambers holding hundreds of organ pipes. Those couldn’t be moved.

Church leaders also wanted more space on the podium up front than they could get with both the built-in organ console and choir taking up so much room. Another issue was that the lighting, which wasn’t easily dimmable, used older wiring, and involved multiple confusing combinations of light switches to operate. You can also see that their online camera is perched precariously on the center of the balcony railing.

Bringing This Church Design into the Twenty-First Century

As shown in the after photo, we were able to bring Church of the Messiah into the twenty-first century. We removed the paneling in front of the organ pipes and installed a custom-shaped permeable video projection screen which allows the organ pipes’ sound to transmit easily. The organ console and choir risers are moved off the platform, giving them additional flexibility in how that central focal point can be used.

We’ve installed this brand-new technology booth (a great example of how much smaller modern tech has become) that centralizes control with minimal loss of seating. That camera is now installed on a small built-in table for better stability. The pastor has told us that his favorite upgrade is the lighting, which can now all be controlled with the touch of a button.

One other change we made was to remove the first few rows of pews in the front of the worship space and replace them with chairs in a very similar style. This allows church leaders increased flexibility for putting an orchestra on the floor, for example.

Obviously, there are many options for integrating modern technology into an older church building, but every situation brings a different set of challenges. If you’re ready to talk with professionals about a technology upgrade, contact us today. Meanwhile, you can also keep up with the latest church design wisdom by signing up for our free i3 webinars here.

2022-06-28T17:05:06+00:00 June 28th, 2022|Church Building, Church Design|

Ways to Modernize Your Existing Church Building

Everyone today, church leaders included, is facing increased pressure from inflation. The cost of everything is going up, including the cost of a new church building. Fortunately, there are good stewardship options besides new church construction. Here are some different ways that church leaders are modernizing existing church design features to keep up with a developing church vision for ministry in the community.

Updating Your Worship Center with a Modern Feel

Here’s one before-and-after example where we worked with church leaders to update the look of a worship center without needing to make major changes to the church building itself. While older attendees might appreciate the familiarity of pews, swapping them out for moveable chairs increases flexibility in the use of the space, and feels more familiar and comfortable for younger attendees. Replacing traditional chandeliers with modern lighting fixtures increases illumination, while a fresh, cool color palette helps draw in younger families.

Renewing Your Foyer Helps Welcome Guests to Your Church Building

Some churches are also renovating foyers in existing church buildings, as this next set of photos shows. As a first-impression space, the foyer often needs some renewal even after just 20 years or so. In the first foyer comparison photo, you can see that adding the dramatic texture of rock to one wall and darkening the ceiling helps to focus attention on the welcome desk, making it clear where guests can get answers to their questions.

In this second foyer before-and-after photo, you can see how the trend in gigantic information centers has been superseded by the smaller kiosk (not shown in this photo) and a focus on the café, with its opportunity to build relationships. As your church vision for bringing people to Christ changes over time, your church design needs to adjust as well—but that doesn’t have to mean constructing an entirely new church building. Instead, thoughtful renewal of existing spaces can make a big difference.

Reimagining the Multi-Use Spaces in Your Church Design

Another place where your needs can change over time is with multi-use facilities. In the last comparison photo, a sports ministry area of your church can be changed to better include more screens and related technology that will help make worship and other events more attractive, especially when viewed online, while keeping its sports function

Another area driving the need today for modernization in a church design is technology. Church leaders need increased lighting levels and higher-quality audio capture for effective online worship. They also need better video projection capabilities and effective systems for controlling all the technology aspects that support appealing virtual engagement.

In our next post, we will share an example of one technology upgrade we have done to help an older church building meet modern church vision needs. Meanwhile, be sure to sign up for our next free i3 webinars, where we share the latest information on how to make the most of your existing church design, as well as what a new church building might have to offer.

2022-06-22T03:15:52+00:00 June 22nd, 2022|Church Building, Church Design|

Creative Church Design Using Existing Commercial Properties

We wrote recently about how the pandemic is providing church leaders with a variety of opportunities for thinking “outside the box” when it comes to their church building. One of those opportunities comes from the number of businesses that closed during the pandemic, and had commercial buildings put up for sale as a result. As construction costs have risen, more churches are exploring options for converting such existing commercial properties into functional and effective church buildings. Here are some example projects we’ve worked on where church leaders were able to think about church design in creative ways.

Teaching about God in an Abandoned Middle School

In one town, we helped church leaders see the possibilities in a middle school building (before and after pictured here) that had been empty for years. In this case, we saw all the beautiful natural light coming into the cafeteria and converted it into an attractive café space that is once again filled with food and conversation—but now focused on Christ. In another area, we took a performance platform and turned it into a semiprivate meeting space, creating a unique feature that helps this church building stand out in the crowd.

Of course, many of the existing classrooms were a natural fit for the children’s wing. Those spaces for teaching the ABCs are now classrooms for learning about Jesus. Finally, we converted the gymnasium into their worship center, where the walls these days echo with voices raised in praise instead of the cheering of sports competition.

Gathering for Worship in a Church Building That Once Stored Carpets

Another example of a successful commercial building conversion was an old carpet warehouse. In this case, two churches merged and needed a bigger joint space in which to worship. This big-box building was easily divided into a spacious foyer for making a good first impression on guests and a worship space in the back. The high ceilings that once accommodated long rolls of carpet now makes for a soaring worship space for 250 people. By choosing movable seats rather than installing pews, church leaders also made the worship space flexible for other uses, such as banquets and classroom-style setups for teaching events.

Imagining Creative Church Design

You might ask if there are types of commercial buildings that couldn’t be converted into an effective church design. While some might be more challenging than others, we’ve found creative ways to repurpose a variety of existing commercial buildings with creative church design.  In this post are details on how we converted an old car dealership, turning the service entry area into a foyer, the showroom floor into the children’s check-in area, and the service bay into worship space.

While we can’t claim that anything is possible, a prayerful imagination can make most types of old retail or commercial buildings into very effective church designs. Thinking “outside the box” is one of the ways we encourage church leaders to get creative. Another way we support you is with our free i3 webinars, where we talk about all aspects of the church building and how to make it a more effective tool for ministry. We encourage you to sign up for our next i3 webinar and learn about other creative solutions to match your church building to your mission for ministry.

2022-06-14T16:36:28+00:00 June 14th, 2022|Church Building, Church Design|

Even a Church Design with Smaller Changes Can Make a Big Difference

There’s no question that the cost of church building construction is unpredictable these days, as we’ve noted in a recent post. While this is daunting, it doesn’t have to stop you from imagining a more effective church building to meet the needs of your church vision. Here’s one concrete example of how to efficiently remodel one small area of a church design, in order to make a big difference in the church building’s effectiveness as a tool for ministry.

Outlining Outdated Church Building Issues

The church building in this example was built in the 1970s. After many years of service their church design was no longer meeting the needs of the members. For example, there was no men’s restroom on the main floor, and there was no elevator to the lower level, where the men’s restroom and the hospitality areas were located.

In addition, the existing lobby was small, dark, and had a low ceiling, which meant that it wasn’t welcoming and there was no gathering space for conversation. They had done their best, converting a coatroom into a mini café that really was just air-pots on a table. But the church leaders knew that their existing church design wasn’t welcoming for guests.

Imagining Big Church Design Changes in a Small Area

It wasn’t necessary to construct a new church building to meet their updated church vision. Instead, we imagined with the church leaders what was possible by expanding the lobby area of their current building and remodeling other existing parts of the structure. As you can see in this church design schematic, we built new, modern restrooms for both men and women. We included a true café. We installed a larger entrance both to meet code and make the entrance more obvious and welcoming for guests. We also installed an elevator to make their entire church building accessible to the disabled.

Integrating Church Vision Needs in This Church Design

In collaboration with church leaders, we added additional features into this church design that support their updated vision for ministry. In the expanded foyer area, we added different types of comfortable seating in multiple locations, allowing attendees and guests to mingle, have conversations, and get to know each other. We call these “relationship spaces,” because connections are built through offering somebody a cup of coffee, being able to meet and greet them, and sitting around talking with them in a relaxed atmosphere.

As you can see in these photos of the remodeled foyer area, we added multiple windows which let in natural light, making the foyer feel bright, airy, and welcoming. In the evenings, the lights from the foyer also shine brightly out of the church building, letting people know when there are activities going on in the church. Finally, in addition to what can be shown through these photographs, we replaced the entire building’s HVAC system to make it more efficient, and improved lighting in the worship space as well.

So, even though church building construction costs are rising today, don’t despair. There may be ways to remodel small areas to make a big impact. Contact us today to discuss your church design issues and, for further ideas on what’s possible, sign up today for our upcoming free i3 webinars.

2022-06-07T17:59:37+00:00 June 7th, 2022|Church Building, Church Design|

Understanding Changes in Church Design Seating Layout Standards

In a recent post, we noted that 60% occupancy is the new 80%. We imagine church leaders may have questions about what this means, so here’s more to explain the concept, and the reality of what the COVID-19 pandemic has done to worship center seating layouts across the nation.

The Pandemic Impact on Church Building Seating Norms

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the common wisdom was that a church building is at capacity when the worship space routinely reached 80% capacity. You see, churches max out when people feel there aren’t enough seats left for them to feel comfortable. Unless it’s Christmas or Easter, when both attendees and visitors expect churches to be crowded, people feel uneasy when your worship space gets too crowded.

After the pandemic hit and churches began to allow in-person worship again, many devised seating charts like this one. In this schematic, each square represents a chair, and the intersecting dotted circles are six feet across (in diameter). While this might look effective, it’s actually only half the distance that you need. In order for each person in each chair to be six feet apart from the others around them, the circles would need to be twelve feet in diameter so that the radius (half the circle) between each chair would be six feet.

The New Normal Standard for Max Capacity in a Church Design

As you can imagine, this amount of distance is difficult to achieve in many sanctuaries today—especially those with pews instead of chairs. You can fill up your worship center very quickly when you’re trying to keep a safe amount of social distancing between unrelated individuals and family groups. That’s why the “new normal” percentage for maximum capacity in a church design is now 60–65% instead of 80%.

Creative Solutions for Church Leaders

So, what are church leaders to do? Depending on the flexibility in your church design, you might need to remove many of the chairs in your worship space to keep each chair or family grouping six feet apart. If your sanctuary has pews, you might decide to rope off every other pew. You can designate certain areas for families that don’t need to socially distance. Some church leaders are choosing not to care about social distancing as the majority of their congregation is not as concerned with it. It’s hard to predict what the future will hold, and what decisions will be best to keep both guests and attendees feeling safe enough to return to your church building each Sunday.

Of course, it’s not just your worship center that’s affected. Any gathering space in your church design will need to be reexamined in light of social distancing and reevaluated periodically in light of future pandemic trends. Consider the comfort level of the people who will use each room. For example, elders or parents with young children might have a different fear factor level than young adults and teens.

Without a doubt, the pandemic has caused church leaders to reexamine the church design standards in many areas of a church building. To keep up with the latest church building information for church leaders, sign up for our next free i3 webinar today.

2022-05-24T18:28:34+00:00 May 24th, 2022|Church Building, Church Design|

More Opportunities to Think Creatively with Your Church Building

While opportunity costs are impacting what church leaders can do in terms of a new church design, saving money as costs rise isn’t the only opportunity to consider as COVID-19 impacts churches. Even if a new church building isn’t an option right now, there are alternatives. In this post, we’ll look at ways to save money and still support your church vision for ministry in your community.

Revitalize Existing Church Building Facilities

Over our fifty years in business, we’ve visited a lot of older churches. Not all of them need replacing with a new church building. Some need a little bit of work. Others have space currently being underutilized. These are potential areas to focus on when times are tight, and a new building would be prohibitively expensive.

For example, walk around your church property as if you’re a guest, arriving for the first time. Are there cracks or mold in the walls or pavement? Is the landscaping well-trimmed or overtaking your church building? Is the property well-lit at night? Are safety exits blocked with furniture or bolted shut for “security”? Attending to issues such as these can prolong the life of your church building and make it more welcoming.

You also want to maintain the infrastructure of your church design. HVAC systems are very difficult to find parts for these days, much less entire new systems. Keeping all systems clean and maintained will keep them functioning well for a longer period of time. Then look at rooms that aren’t being used. How might they be used in new ways once they’re cleaned up with a new coat of paint, and with accumulated clutter removed?

Understand the Pandemic Math

You may have heard that 60% occupancy is the new 80%. With social distancing post-COVID-19, people are reluctant to sit close to people they don’t know. This means you can fit fewer people into your worship space and foyer for each service. Some church leaders automatically think about building a new worship space, but there are other alternatives. This may be the time to shift to multiple services to allow for comfortable social distancing. If you’re already scheduling multiple services on Sunday, consider Saturday night. We’ve also seen a resurgence in Wednesday evening worship in recent years.

We’ve been building larger foyers for 35 years now, and we’ve seen them put to a lot of good uses. Church leaders are using large foyers for receptions, small dinners, and other get-togethers. The important thing is to think outside the box with your church design to address what your community needs.

Examine Other Church Design Opportunities

Speaking of “outside the box,” one unfortunate side effect of the pandemic has been a lot of churches closing or merging. This means more existing church buildings are available for sale—for a lot less than it would cost to construct a new church design. While you might not get exactly what you’d dreamed of designing, take a creative look at what’s available. Another church facility might address some of your church vision needs, especially if you’re looking to start multi-site worship, which is trending these days.

Other types of existing buildings might also meet your needs. We’ve helped church leaders remodel existing commercial, retail, and office buildings, and even auto dealerships. Older school buildings also present creative opportunities, especially if your church vision includes a daycare or Christian school ministry in your community.

Obviously, even when times are tight, there are lots of options for fulfilling your church vision. For other creative ideas, sign up for the next installments in our free i3 webinar series.

2022-05-17T19:18:13+00:00 May 17th, 2022|Church Building, Church Design|

Our Annual Church Building Cost of Construction Update

Each year, we update our blog readers on the costs of a typical church building construction project along with the factors that affect pricing a church design. From our perspective, doing this for 2022 requires less of an update and more of a reboot.

We all know that costs are rising with inflation, yet how much the cost of construction has increased in recent months has surprised even us. There are many factors behind the increase, but this post will focus on the three primary ones: the supply chain, labor shortage, and inflation.

How Supply Chain Issues Impact Church Building Projects

Americans became aware of supply chain issues at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, as everyone scrambled to stock up on toilet paper. But toilet paper wasn’t the only thing in short supply.

Very quickly, supply chain problems began to impact various types of industry, especially construction. Metals were scarce. Chemicals used to make certain types of products became difficult to find. Microprocessors that drive all kinds of church building products, from HVAC to audio – visual and security systems, were no longer available.

Toilet paper and other household products are back on the shelves, but construction materials remain in short supply. Our President, David McKnight has seen material shortages like this before.  He is reminded of his experiences building in the mission field and growing up with missionaries staying at his home frequently: when materials are short, you have to wait a long time for what you need. It is very likely these supply chain problems are not going to correct themselves anytime soon. Church leaders must expect a church facility to take longer to build, and for products to cost more, for years to come.

The Labor Shortage and Church Building Construction

Next, let’s review the specifics of the construction labor market. There is already more work that there are workers available. Currently, there are over 300,000 unfilled construction jobs in America. Additionally, a new study shows that 1.5 million skilled construction workers are planning to retire in 2022, yet only an estimated 900,000 people are available to fill these skilled positions.

This also means construction workers with 30 years of experience are being replaced with newly trained laborers who have little experience in the field. Construction production rates will go down while these workers learn, plus the industry will still be short 900,000 workers (600k due to retirement, and another 300k needed to fill current openings). The result is the same as with supply chain issues: expect your church facility to take longer to build, and for products to cost more, for years to come.

The Effect of Inflation on Your Church Design

Discussing inflation in terms of percentages seems inadequate. Prior to 2020, construction inflation had been running consistently around 5% for several years, while overall inflation was 2–3%. During that time, the government printed trillions of dollars in COVID-19 relief and now the bill is coming due.

For example, we have seen huge increases in the cost of steel. Before 2020, we would quote to church leaders, with a good degree of accuracy, that the structural steel phase of church building construction would cost between $10–$15 per square foot. Today, we are praying that the same structural steel phase will not rise beyond $30–$35 per square foot! Obviously, that cost increase is a game-changer for any church design. Admittedly, steel is a component that has increased most drastically, but all phases of a church building project have experienced significant inflationary increases.

We constantly remind church leaders that there are four phases to a church building project: site work, plans and permit fees, building construction, and furniture and equipment. In 2020, we told church leaders to plan on spending $200–$250 per square foot for all four phases of their project. In spring 2022, we are looking at $275–$325 per square foot—but we don’t know how long these numbers will remain accurate.

So, What Can Church Leaders Do?

We recommend you do not wait, hoping that prices will reverse. That will not happen to any significant degree. Start planning your project now and expect it to take longer to build. Meanwhile, take care of your existing church building. Stay up on maintenance. Many smaller churches will need to consider other options beyond a new building. Be creative in looking for options.

Finally, always remember to seek God’s guidance for both answers and resources. Your church vision will not be held back because buildings cost more and take longer to construct. Remember also that we are with you in these challenging times. Our free i3 webinars keep you updated on the latest in church design and construction information, so register today for our upcoming webinars.

2022-05-10T20:51:27+00:00 May 10th, 2022|Church Building, Church Design|

Factoring Opportunity Costs into Your Church Design

Opportunities to expand your church design or construct a new church building are impacted by many factors. We’ve seen this happen with buildings of all types during the COVID-19 pandemic. Whether it’s inflation or everchanging building codes, there can be a large opportunity cost when it comes to putting off your church building project.

How Inflation Impacts Your Church Design

Construction inflation is always higher than general inflation rates across the US. We’ll specifically address, in-depth, rising church building costs in a coming article.

Suffice it to say that prior to the pandemic, construction inflation was running between 2–4% per year. In mid-2022, general inflation has risen to 8%, while construction inflation has gone up more than 20% over the past two years. This photo, as an example, demonstrates what $1000 could buy in lumber in January 2020 vs. June 2021.

Obviously, this means the overall cost of any church design is going to increase as well. Even if you’re just beginning to think about new church building construction or remodeling an existing church facility, there’s an opportunity cost to waiting, as we don’t expect inflation rates to reverse direction anytime soon.

Supply and Demand Also Impact Your Church Building Project

Inflation isn’t the only challenge facing the church design and construction process. Manufacturing is at its highest rate in history, which means there are more demands for materials, energy, and workers in various industries than ever before. Consequently, your church building contractor is competing with other industries for the resources they need to complete your church building project. We’ve seen this impact the timeline for our own church building projects. Anytime there is a delay, that can also drive-up prices.

The Cost of Building Code Changes

Code changes always make buildings more expensive. In residential construction, about 40% of the price increase of a typical home were dictated by building code changes. A church building lies in the middle between residential and commercial buildings in terms of code requirements, but specific ministry opportunities can significantly impact the cost of your church design. For example, if you’re looking to start a daycare facility on your church property, there are many building codes you’ll need to follow that you wouldn’t need to implement for a church nursery.

Plainly, there’s an opportunity cost to putting off your church building project even in the best of times. If you’re looking to implement a church vision for ministry in your community that involves a new church design or remodeling an existing church building, delay could be costly.

To learn more about various aspects of church design and construction, sign up for the next installments in our free i3 webinar series. There are other opportunities to consider with your church building that we’ll address in an upcoming post. Next week, we’ll provide an in-depth look at rising church building costs with our annual cost of construction update.

2022-05-03T18:14:36+00:00 May 3rd, 2022|Church Building, Church Design|

Pandemic-Era Concepts for Connecting Your Church Building with the Community

One side effect of the pandemic has been the fragmentation of community connections. The unknown impact of COVID-19 caused many people to retreat to the safety of their homes and stop being involved in their communities. While COVID-19 is still around, there appears to be a strong public desire to reconnect. Your church building can be a prime tool for supporting community connections while helping people feel comfortable visiting your church. Here are some concepts we’ve encountered that are helping people stay involved and are allowing churches to minister to them.

Using Your Church Building as a Ministry Tool for Hungry People

We’ve heard many stories about faith leaders that opened a church building for food distribution during the pandemic. When people in communities across America lost their jobs, when businesses and restaurants closed down, churches and food banks stepped in to fill hungry bellies. While lately people have been able to go back to work, inflation is now making food harder for families to afford.

Food assistance is an important ministry, and it also provides a low-stress way to introduce visitors to your church building. When people learn that they can turn to the church to get food, upon visiting, they can see what else the church has to offer. They also become more familiar with being in a church building, making it easier for them to imagine returning on Sunday morning.

How Your Church Design Can Support Other Ministry Concepts

A church building can be more than a food distribution site. We are hearing about churches that are opening large indoor spaces, such as a gym or sanctuary, to create socially distanced learning opportunities for kids after school. For children in a community that don’t have internet access at home to do their homework or study online, a church building can become an after-school hub that makes children more comfortable on your church property.

There is also a need for daycare centers in many communities, and your church school classrooms might be just what someone needs to get a daycare started. Adults can also use the classrooms in your church building for job training. The rooms in your church design can also be used for community meetings and as staging areas for distribution of supplies, whether it’s blankets, socks, and underwear for the homeless or testing kits for community members. Churches can also serve as a COVID-19 testing site for your community if needed.

Remembering to Keep Everything Clean

Of course, these opportunities to increase community awareness of your church will come with certain costs. Every time people enter and use your church building for these community events, you will need to clean it afterward. But just seeing a clean church building can help people trust that they will be safe if they visit to worship. Presenting a clean, safe, and active church building will also help people feel involved and less attentive to pandemic issues.

Understanding the multiple ways that your church design can become an effective tool for ministry is one of our goals and part of the reason we created our free i3 webinar series. Register today for our next webinar to learn more creative ideas for meeting your ministry needs.

2022-04-26T20:10:41+00:00 April 26th, 2022|Church Building, Church Design, Safety|