Designing Worship Areas: Laying the foundation

First Baptist Church Milan — Milan, TN
(Photo provided by MNB Architects)

Beginning a seven-part series on worship space design can be a bit intimidating. There are so many avenues to consider, so many topics to discuss, and so many variables which can create completely different outcomes.The most important concept to communicate throughout this series is this: Every church is different. Each church has a DNA which must be honored. This DNA is made up of several factors, or lenses.


The stewardship of space

Common sense and economics dictate that if you can make better use of your church’s existing multipurpose space, you can avoid costly building programs. The result is more money to fund your growing ministries.


Multipurpose church design isn’t a trend — it’s a tradition


In the early days, when settlers would start a new community in America, one of the first structures they built was the church. Today, the tradition continues as more and more churches create their own communities within their local communities.


The case for maximizing your space


Sometimes, renovation or expansion makes more sense than new construction.


Carpets have come a long way under foot


Today’s carpet can be made from recycled materials, and are readily recycled at the end of their lifespan.


A safe place to stay

An outreach-minded Massachusetts church creates four bedrooms in the church — using room dividers — so that families in need have a safe, warm place to sleep.


More than meets the eye


When it comes to interior elements in a worship space, a pulpit speaks perhaps the loudest.


Making the worship seating investment


Ask the right questions to make an informed decision.


WEB-EXCLUSIVE: Why acoustics matter so much

The best speakers, mics and mixers money can buy won’t fix poor room acoustics.


How does that sit with you?


Spaghetti stains are one factor deciding whether it’s chairs or pews in the worship center.