Posted in Architecture
on September 24, 2012 4:03 pm EDT
About Bucket Lists and Moving Forward
I love this time of year when kids are getting ready for the new school year, football is in the air and churches are preparing to “kick-off” a new church year. Next to each January, the fall is the best time to set goals and look at “moving forward.”
Of course, every four years we hear a lot about politics and a lot from those running for election to a public office. This is a very important time of the year.
For me, since retiring from HH Architects four months ago, I have been much busier than I would have imagined getting set up for my second career. Like myself, many of you architects who have practiced architecture for a number of years may not have the computer skills to do the actual documentation of a project, but still do a lot of our work with pen and sketch paper and are supported by a strong project team. I am realizing how great it has been to have a fantastic support staff as I have had over the past 41 years and how they will be missed.
My “bucket list” also includes a number of things including traveling more. My family spent three weeks in Hawaii in June. We have traveled at least once a year as a family and I recommend it to everyone. This is where memories are made.
I love playing in my western swing band too, and we have been playing more lately. About 40 years ago, my pastor, Dr. W.A. Criswell, recognized the importance of the fall church kick-off and had a big event out under tents and on the street with food and game booths, music, fun and a time to come together as a church family to kick-off the new church year. He pulled together a group to be in the “RoundUp Band” and thus my band, The Texas RoundUp Band, was formed. Three of the original band members are still around. I remember Dr. Criswell up on the platform with us in his cowboy outfit singing a country gospel song he loved, “Okie from Muskogee.”
Dr. W.A. Criswell performs with the Texas RoundUp Band, featuring Jerry Halcomb on bass.I also enjoy writing and sharing through speaking engagements. My [latest] workshop [was] at Worship Facilities Conference & Expo in Atlanta in mid-September. The session was about “Architecture for Fellowship,” my favorite subject along with anything about Master Planning, as I have always considered these critical for church growth.
My new career will be consulting with churches to help them maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of their facilities. This is my passion, so I hope to be available to help them do needs assessment and get ready for their journey moving forward, programming, helping with team selection and all the things they need prior to starting an actual project. So many churches go through a building or relocation project more than a time or two in their careers.
Churches have certainly changed over the past several decades; and at this time, it makes me think of how churches will change over the next decade.
As our country becomes less of a “Christian Nation,” it makes me wonder how it could affect our churches and, therefore, the facilities we plan and design. Please remember to pray for America, our leaders, our pastors and churches every day—and pray that we will continue to be the country we have been blessed to grow up in and have the blessing to worship and serve in freedom.