Science behind the seat: floor planning makes all the difference


Congratulations! You and your congregation have made the decision to invest in new sanctuary seating.

Now what?


Designing worship areas: expansion takes shape


In this installment, we’ll focus on three types of alternative site selection:

#1: Expansion on one site (current or new)
#2: Expansion on multiple sites
#3: Expansion through church planting or new starts


The St. Andrew’s mission for new video displays


When St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church in Mahtomedi, MN decided to upgrade its audiovisual system, it included extensive research into new video screens.

Having rented projectors for special services in the past — and because the sanctuary has an abundance of natural ambient light — church leaders knew projectors weren’t the best fit.

“We didn’t really want to take this beautiful space and darken it order to see something,” explains Dale Bakken, Director of Buildings and Grounds.


Why stained glass is always at home in places of worship

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From the earliest of times, we know that Phoenicians were the first to make objects of glass. As a seafaring people, they spent time on beaches where lighting strikes turned sand and ashes from cooking fires into glass.

Human beings have long been fascinated by glass — its beauty and challenge of its manufacture.


Eyes on the future: how metal buildings have changed the way we think about lasting church design


Which building material lasts longest? Which will build fastest? For churches with hectic event calendars and limited budgets, metal buildings provide an alternate solution to expensive and time-consuming construction involving wood, stone or brick.


LED display walls: placement guidelines & suggestions

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If you’ve decided LED display walls are a good fit for your facilities, the next step is to ensure they’re properly positioned — a key component for maximum ministry benefit.


Seating selection made simple

Sauder Worship Seating upholstered ergonomic pew with Vantage chairs

Ergonomics isn’t just for scientists and designers — it’s an integral part of choosing the right seats for your worship space.


Specifying a church sound system


A sound system is one of the biggest technology investments your church will make. And although you must respect your budget, it would be a serious mistake to cut corners — or just go buy something from a big-box store to save a few bucks.


Welcome to worship: how to recognize hearing loss — and provide solutions


Those among us who have it, often prefer to try to cope with it, live with it, or hide it from others. And yet, this so-called invisible disability affects about 20 percent of American adults! This means that potentially, one out of five of congregants are not hearing messages and music that inspire them each week in your house of worship.


An introduction to church facility stewardship


I’m a firm believer that everything on earth belongs to God. Our money. Our houses. Our cars. The word of God. Our families. The people we encounter — and the facilities in which we worship. God has entrusted us with the stewarding of all these items.

For me, stewardship is less about what we give and more about taking care of what we have been given — of all that’s entrusted to us.

So, how do we define “entrusted”?