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New Rules of Thumb for Church Architecture


Fun fact… in the last 12 months, at least one church has:

  • Focused on creating engaging outdoor gathering spaces for year-round use
  • Started building on-campus small group space for families of young children
  • Developed plans to use their physical facilities to combat homelessness

The 2020 pandemic shifted perception around in-person gatherings, and church leaders everywhere are still experiencing the ripple effects four years later. Rather than abandoning in-person worship and constructing new facilities, many missionally effective churches now realize the growing importance of gathering in new or newly renovated buildings that propel their disciple-making call.

How about you? How is your church building helping you intentionally accomplish the Great Commission? Or worse, how do your facilities unintentionally hinder your ability to reach and make new disciples?

It’s time to do more than replace the carpet and install video screens. Creating new and renewed spaces for the church of 2050 requires more than the typical rules of thumb on seating, children’s classroom size, and an abundance of women’s toilets.

To reach generations becoming increasingly disconnected from the gospel, our buildings must become increasingly connected to the mission and vision of the church. It’s time for some new rules of thumb for church architecture.

Auxano Senior Lead Navigator Bryan Rose recently hosted our monthly Clarity First Conversation alongside Visioneering Studios VP of Strategic Design, Dave Milam. During the conversation, Dave and Bryan shared emerging vision-driven design trends in church facilities and unpacked “new rules of thumb” for church buildings.

Wherever you are in your church facility journey: considering new, facing remodeling needs, or even good with what you’ve got, make plans to join the conversation. Every church must consider facilities and space usage to meet the needs of next-generation disciple-making.

For two decades, Auxano and Visioneering Studios have each served churches in their vision clarity and church facility needs. You will want to engage in this future-fueling conversation from the intersection of form and vision, designed to challenge and equip church leaders like you to be good stewards of the Great Commission through your physical facilities.

Watch the replay and grab all resources from the “New Rules of Thumb for Church Architecture” conversation here.