A Tour of How Modern Church Architecture Characteristics Can Improve Your Sermon

While many of the lessons from scripture apply to our 21st-century lives, classic church designs have fallen by the wayside when it comes to today’s society. Gone are the days of the copy and paste brick and mortar projects.

Today, modern church architecture characteristics are unique to each building due to the array of church sizes across the country. But when it comes to trends in congregation retention, the characteristics are vital, no matter a church’s square footage.
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Finding a Church Community Builder in Your Area

Before we tackle the question of how to find a community church builder, it’s valuable to understand what a community church is. Most often seen in small towns, where the population cannot sustain multiple churches of various denominations, a community church is an amalgamation of multiple faiths combined into one central location for worship.
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Working with Church Builders to Serve Your Fellowship

Once you’ve done your fundraising, and you’ve engaged the community in a discussion about what they are seeking from their worship building, it’s time to discuss your plans with church builders. You can read more about choosing an architect here, but today we’re focused on what plans you should have prepared before you hire a firm.

While it’s obviously the church builder’s role to complete final sketches and implement unique ideas into your blueprints, it’s valuable to have some idea of the features and spaces that you’d like to see in the final product.
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20 Questions to Ask an Architect Before They Build Your Church

So, you’ve decided the structure of the church you’re going to build, what your budget is, and you’ve discussed both of these with your congregation. It’s time to begin the interview process for potential architecture firms. This is perhaps the most critical part of building a new worship building. We’ve put together a list of 30 questions that may be relevant to your project.

Obviously, you won’t want to ask your design/build firm to answer all 30 of these questions. We recommend putting together a questionnaire with 10-15 questions that you and other stakeholders have selected as the most important to your particular situation. 
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Why Pre-Fab Church Designs and Floor Plans Just Don’t Work

If you’ve started to look into adding onto or remodeling an existing worship building, using prefabricated church designs and floor plans can be a tempting way to save time, money, and man-hours that go into a more traditional approach to renovation. While they’re a great place to start, you have to take into account the unique needs of your congregation. Working with an architect at Vanman Architects and Builders can help you decide what the best route is for the needs of your church.
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How to Choose an Architect for Your Church Building

You’ve done all of the fundraising and gotten the community involved, and now it’s time to get down to brass tacks. Knowing how to choose an architect can be the difference between a so-so project and a church that reminds you every day that you made the right choice. The right architect can make the process of building a new place of worship a joyful process that will be reflected in the hearts and minds of your congregation. Before you go about picking out an architect, though, you should be aware of the best practices for finding one that will fit your needs. Try these 3 tips from Vanman Architects and Builders to get started:
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Here’s What’s Trending: Church Designs of 2018

While the purpose of the church is timeless and universal, church designs change as trends in architecture, arts, and community priority change. Design/builders and the clients they work for are tasked with the duty of staying one step ahead of what’s coming next, so that their building will be looked upon as a modern safe haven, a community center that serves the spiritual, emotional, and physical needs of its people.
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Hiring The Best Architects Minneapolis Has to Offer

If you’re on the lookout for the best architects Minneapolis has to offer, you have to be very picky during the hiring process. Any architectural project can feel like an enormous undertaking, but being vigilant and maintaining your standards can ease that stress and leave you with the results that you’re looking for. Settling for someone simply because you’re tired of looking can lead to major disaster down the road, before the groundbreaking even occurs. 
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Insider’s Guide: Church Architecture Terms

One of the most common misconceptions about architects is that they have a special jargon of their own that isn’t accessible to the layman. That’s simply not true. While the art and science of architecture has many specialized terms, they don’t have to be a secret. Here are some church architecture terms that you may hear when discussing your next project with Vanman Architects and Builders:
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