Many of us have attended church gatherings in different buildings with a variety of styles and philosophies behind them. Big ones, small ones, old ones and modern ones. We’ve seen the good, the bad and the ugly! And I’m sure some of us felt our inner interior designer or architect emerge every now and then, where we’ve wished we could rearrange things a little. Or maybe you just have an inner elder-to-be and you’ve felt that church buildings don’t facilitate the best atmosphere for Christian communities to prosper. Either way, we’ve all felt some things distract or focus us, excite or frustrate us. Perhaps we have a pet hate for hard pews, or we once visited a church and loved their really cool coffee shop attached. Whatever the case, I’m sure we all agree that the church building influences our experience of the church service in some way.
If YOU were asked to design and build a new church building, and you wanted it to be a good influence on the congregation, how would you try to achieve that? What things would you do differently to the norm? What traditional elements would you keep?
I’d love to hear what your ideal church building would be like and why! 🙂