A worship space has always been the most salient section of a church facility. After all, it is where people congregate to pray and be close to God. As such, some even reverently call it a sanctuary. Needless to say, this is a very important and deeply personal space for all those who visit the church. It is a place where people can worship, teach the gospel, and show generosity to their fellow parishioners.
Therefore, one must tread lightly when designing worship spaces. You must take into account the needs of both old and future visitors to make the space more welcoming to all kinds of people who step through a church’s threshold to pray, be grateful or ask for forgiveness. Until now, any project concerning the design of a church facility was almost always directed by older members of the church, who also presided on Building Committees.
However, it is also important to acknowledge that times have changed. It is in the best interest of a church to include all demographics, especially the younger generation when designing worship spaces. It is because of their inclusion into the final decision-making process that we are now seeing many intriguing trends around the design of church worship spaces.
In this article, we would like to look into three of these trends to better understand how to move forward with a church expansion project that satisfies both old and young attendees of a church.
1 – Individual Seating
One of the most prominent trends affecting church design projects today is Individual seating. Individual seating options are taking steam recently, with traditional pews quickly becoming a thing of the past. One can argue that the rising popularity of multipurpose spaces is a significant contributor to this trend where individual chairs are preferred over their traditional counterparts. Many prefer to use the worship space of their church for a wide variety of ministry purposes rather than just one. This explains why individual seating is in demand.
2 – The Irrelevancy of Black Box
For decades, Black Box worship spaces were extremely relevant. These were highly controlled environments with no outside light that favored high-quality sound systems. They emulated the production value of high-end musical concerts and were capable of delivering a mesmerizing visual experience to their audience. However, things have changed. The younger generation, especially the millennials, prefer minimalism in their worship place. They seek nature to be close to god and prefer their worship places to be impervious of high production values.
3 – Multi-Site or Smaller Venue
Another trend growing in popularity today is the one that depicts churches moving further away from large venues in favor of multiple smaller venues. The ideal auditorium size would 30000 sq. feet areas accommodating 500 seats. Moreover, these buildings must be comfortably situated between 4-5 acres of land. This trend, similar to the others in this article, testifies to churchgoers preferring a more intimate worshipping experience.
The Bottom line
If you seek to design or renovate your worship space or any other aspect of your Church Facility, then the architects at Church Design Resources are here to help. We work closely with church facility members to make sure the end results reflect their vision for the church as accurately as possible.
We provide a complete Presentation Package that includes schematic drawings, 3D renderings, Videos, and Cost Analysis. Our architects also help you with Architectural and Engineering drawings so you can easily acquire the necessary construction permits. Moreover, we oversee the entire planning, design, and construction of your project.
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