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on October 26, 2016 12:33 pm EDT
5 Key Areas Where Church Facilities Extend a Strong Community Welcome
Studio Four Design in Knoxville, Tenn., shares critical points to keep in mind during design or renovation -- points that can make or break a church project.
Many people who are new to church are looking beyond the worship space for relational environments.
The following five points are adapted from a Studio Four Design brochure that speaks directly to church leadership. Church Designer has adapted these tenets to apply to architects and other designers, as well as to their church clients. Learn more about Studio Four Design* at: (visit link
).1. Curb Appeal
The first opinion a visitor has about a church is formed by the physical appearance of its campus. Does the campus reflect the brand and identity of the church and its ministry focus? Are parking lots and sidewalks well-maintained? Are building materials attractive and in good condition? A facility assessment can help identify areas that need improvement and help in developing a plan and budget for implementation.2. Parking
Once someone has made the decision to visit a church, they will likely arrive by car. Are parking lots packed full on Sunday when they arrive? Do first-time guests have easy access to special parking? Is there wayfinding signage and graphics to clearly lead the way? Do a quick check of a facility's parking capacity. If you average one car per four attendees or more, that may signal a problem. A site master plan can help study parking and identify areas for expansion or improvement.3. Children's Space
The location and quality of a children's ministry is critical to first-time visitors with children -- helping them gain trust and comfort that makes parents comfortable leaving a child in a church's care. If a church's current children's ministry exceeds its design capacity, so that multiple locations within the facilities are serving children's ministry needs, then churches and their designers need to address these concerns at once. A capacity study that focuses on security, clean environments, and engaging themes are keys to success.
Regardless of the style of worship and teaching a church offers, there are certain physical aspects of the worship environment that can help or hinder a first impression. Adequate seating is the most important of these.
4. Worship Environment
Regardless of the style of worship and teaching a church offers, there are certain physical aspects of the worship environment that can help or hinder a first impression. Adequate seating is the most important of these. If a church's average attendance exceeds 80% of the seating capacity, the space will probably seem full to visitors. Guests who are reluctant to sit in a visually crowded environment may think twice about returning. A seating study can identify areas where visitors and members can worship together--comfortably.5. Places to Connect
How can social spaces be an accelerator for growth? Many people who are new to church are looking beyond the worship space for relational environments -- places to connect socially with church leadership and other members. The look of these spaces can greatly influence visitors' opinions of a ministry. Items to consider are furniture, finishes and lighting. Are these components appealing and engaging? A space utilization study can and interior master plan can help identify ways to repurpose unused or inefficient space, update these spaces' appearance, and make the most out of these social environments.
* Since 2002, Studio Four Design has served as a premiere architectural and interior design firm to the Greater Knoxville Area. Its guiding principal is “Design Matters” and its stated goal is to go beyond expectations to provide design solutions that positively impact clients’ lives and organizations. The scope of the company’s projects includes churches, educational facilities, restaurants, retail buildings, athletic venues, and more. To learn more about Studio Four Design call (865) 523-5001 or visit www.studiofourdesign.com.