When building a place of worship for your ministry, something like church construction can make all the difference in the world when trying to attract new members. There is no magic formula for church floor plans that will grow your congregation, but there are some things that you can keep in mind. Of course, you have to be mindful of the style of worship that you use and you also need to think about the demographic of people that you are trying to reach, along with any distinct cultural characteristics of the geographic region you are in. But when it comes to church construction and church renovation, we have put together a list of the ten most welcoming construction features that are likely to appeal to residents in your community.
1. Gathering Space
The gathering space needs to be the focal point of church floor plans if you place an emphasis on building community in your congregation. It fact, it is almost as important as the actual worship space itself when it comes to church construction. A larger gathering space that promotes socialization should also allow convenient access to all parts of the church. This is very important for modern churches.
An entry space to the church that is well lit, well decorated, and accessible to all people will help to draw newcomers into the building and make them feel comfortable as they step into the building. The entrance should be well defined and flow directly into the gathering space.
A bright and clean nursery space is important for families with young children. These spaces are well staffed, well lit, and easily accessible from the entrance and the gathering space.
As more ministries move to home based study groups, the need for classrooms has a mixed reaction across the board. Depending on the structure of your church programs, classrooms may or may not be functionally necessary. Evaluate your needs and allocate space accordingly.
5. Exterior Materials
The building’s exterior, if it is a new construction, should match the materiality of the structures surrounding it. Whether the building is a new or existing structure, great care should be taken to ensure that the exterior maintains consistency with its surrounding environment. You want your building to be aesthetically pleasing and an enhancement to the existing neighborhood.
6. Worship Center
The shape of a worship center should depend on the style of worship and the connection between the people and the pastor that the ministry is trying to exude. Flexibility of this area is a consideration that will likely be important for smaller church buildings, as the space may need to service multiple functions. Other potential uses should be thought out in advance.
7. Traditional Displays
You may not put much thought into whether or not your church should display symbolic crosses in the décor scheme, but this more traditional element may not be necessary for a ministry that is trying to reach the unchurched people. Certain cohorts may be more comfortable in a church setting that keeps these items simple and to a minimum.
The use of technology in a worship center may be another attractive component for modern services. For more traditional types of worship, technology may not be as important, but you should aim to appear relevant and up to date with the world around you. In addition, incorporating tools such as audio/visual equipment that enable video streaming services to an online audience, may be another way to leverage your efforts for an expanded reach in your community.
The landscaping on the outside of the church should be inviting. The building-to-lot-size ratio should also be attractive, as should the amount of parking. These features should be welcoming, and make it easy for newcomers to access your building. The last thing you want are for issues like parking to drive people to search for another worship space.
Inside and outside signage are important. You must ensure that people passing by and residents of the surrounding community are aware that the church exists. Interior signage should communicate positive messaging, as well as informative items and relevant events. It should be easy to read and encourage visitors to feel at home.
If you are still searching for a Texas construction company to handle your church construction or renovation project, we at Nationwide Construction would love the opportunity to connect with you and discuss our commercial development services.