Fellowship spaces that can be shifted according to need pay dividends in the future.
As time passes, the design of the churches and worship areas must evolve with the people who utilize them. Trends in modern church-building look much different than their predecessors. Here are 4 trends we’ve seen in the last few years:
Technology has influenced the landscape of the church permanently. Modern church design demands wi-fi connections and global connectedness, as church-goers become increasingly tech-savvy. In designing your church, consider spaces for routers, recording devices for online sharing of services, and video conferencing materials for long-distance praise.
Amenities draw in millennial worshippers, so consider what your space can be used for. Every room should be designed with flexibility in mind. Church spaces are often only used on Sundays, and only by those who already worship there. Creating a diverse range of multi-purpose rooms can draw crowds for night classes or celebrations. If people enjoy your church for non-worship events, they are more likely to return for church services.
Your church should speak to its worshippers and reflect the community that it exists in. Providing casual gathering areas is one way to invite community in, leaving church leaders in the position to become familiar with people who may have never set foot on the campus. Many churches are setting up picnic areas, with tables and pavilions, to allow families to enjoy the church outside of ministry on Sundays.
Efficiency and Efficacy
The ability to use a church space efficiently is a key design concept for architects. Each space must demonstrate the ability to change with the needs of the parishioners. Many churches have taken to creating atriums or lobbies, where worshippers can gather before the service. These often include cafes, comfortable seating, and access to literature that the congregation can enjoy prior to joining together in the auditorium. Depending on current need, these spaces can easily be utilized for casual fellowship, choir practice, or Sunday school, with a quick shift of furniture. Creating spaces that pack in the most use will lead to more fellowship and less frustration.