The words “create an interior church design” can easily cause feelings of anxiety among church leaders. The process involves not only picking out the elements of a physical space, but also translating the vision for ministry into a tangible and welcoming environment. Here are some key considerations to help guide and inspire your church building’s interior design.

Aligning Design with Ministry Vision

First, a reminder. At every stage of the church design process, it is crucial to stay aligned with the church’s vision for ministry. The physical space should serve as a tool to enhance and facilitate the mission and values of your church. Whether it’s reaching a specific part of the community, providing educational spaces, or creating a worshipful atmosphere, the design choices should actively contribute to the fulfillment of the church’s purpose.

Putting Personal Preferences Aside

One challenge that often arises when the church’s design team makes decisions is the influence of personal preferences. Church leaders must recognize that this endeavor is not about individual tastes, but about creating a space that resonates with the vision God has given you. Personally, someone may not like the color blue, but perhaps it’s a branding color of the church’s logo, and it ties together the overall image of the church. Personal preferences need to be put aside, even though it can be difficult to do so.

Drawing Inspiration

Getting inspiration for an interior design may be difficult. A valuable source can be found by visiting other churches and paying attention to various spaces that are all around your community. With the prevalence of smartphones, it has become easier than ever to document these inspirations with photos. Encourage your interior church design team to snap pictures of spaces, details, or elements that resonate with your envisioned design. These images can be a powerful tool for collaborative decision-making, fostering creativity and ensuring that the final design is a blend of diverse inspirations.

Commercial Grade for a Commercial Building

Another interior church design trap to avoid is the consideration of residential-grade options for interior finishes. Residential-grade options can seem both more cost effective and more in use, but It’s essential to remember that a church building is a commercial space, subject to higher levels of wear and tear. Opting for commercial-grade materials ensures durability and longevity, ultimately reducing maintenance costs over time. This consideration extends to flooring, wall coverings, furniture, and other elements that will withstand the demands of a bustling church environment.

For a deeper exploration of a variety of church design principles, be sure to sign up for our free i3 webinars. We will have multiple presentations in the coming year, and the topics will be announced shortly.