When creating a church design, it’s not always necessary for church leaders to plan for a completely new or remodeled structure. Sometimes all it takes to meet a revised vision for ministry is a strategic update to a specific room or area of a church building. The McKnight Group specializes in transforming church spaces, so here are some before-and-after church designs that updated an area rather than an entire building.

Northwest Chapel: Reviving the Worship Environment

The Northwest Chapel was an attractive facility, but it had begun to show signs of aging, particularly with its floor covering, lighting and technology. Recognizing the need for a refresh, the church leadership approached us to breathe new life into the space.

Replacement of the worn carpeting and the addition of new seating provided a fresh and welcoming atmosphere for worshipers. Upgraded lighting not only brightened the space, but also contributed to a more contemporary aesthetic. A modernized platform now serves as an up-to-date focal point during services. This transformation demonstrates that even a single room can undergo a remarkable revival with thoughtful modernization.

Grace Church: A Multi-Ministry Worship Facility Reimagined

Church leaders at Grace Church were also seeking to modernize. The church’s foyer was attractive, but also out of date. Its multi-ministry worship facility also needed to be updated, while still retaining its multi-ministry functionality.

Through a phased approach, we refreshed these areas of church building to create a modern entrance area and a versatile worship facility that maintained its multi-ministry characteristics. The result is a space that seamlessly accommodates worship services, sports ministries, and various other activities.

Information Centers: Embracing Mobility and Efficiency

In the past, large information centers were very popular in church buildings. However, changing times have made this type of setup obsolete. Today, information centers have become more mobile and smaller using kiosks.

Here’s one such project that modernized an attractive space for when it was built, but that no longer met the church’s needs, especially of its younger, more tech-savvy attendees. This change not only improved the aesthetics of the space, but also provided a more practical and accessible solution for people of all generations.

Updating a room or small areas of an existing church building is a powerful way to rejuvenate the church design, meet changing ministry needs, and stay connected with evolving attendee preferences. It is the perfect way to modernize without spending a fortune.

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