We can get so used to living in our world that we no longer see it. Or imagine that anyone else might see it differently than we. The articles on this page, are designed to serve as a kind of “Field Guide” to help us see and evaluate spaces we use in ministry. The articles are not exhaustive, but can be a start to develop a common vocabulary for what we and those we serve experience.
NOTE: I’ve spent some time developing the articles for which the links are “live”. Some of them aren’t well formatted and will be “fixed” at my first opportunity. Several more (listed but unlinked) are priorities for development. And I welcome any suggestions for others.
Nothing is simultaneously more permanent and more malleable than the ground on which your building rests.
No matter whether you consider buildings to be a power tool or a necessary evil, get it right.
The first response of the believer is worship. The second is often, “where do I sit?” And Church is the only place you go where you didn’t pay for your own seat.
All the world’s a stage and most of us are desperately unrehearsed.
― Seán O’Casey
- Sacristy and Vestry (or Green Room)
- Rehearsal Room
- Bride’s Room
Every institution that does not unceasingly pursue the study of God’s word becomes corrupt.
― Martin Luther
- Children’s Lobby
- Infant Room
- Children’s Classroom
- Children’s Assembly
- Student Classroom
- Adult Classroom
If we come to church just to be with one another, one another is all we’ll get. If we put community first, we will destroy community. But if we come to Christ first and submit ourselves to Him and draw life from Him, community gets traction.
― C. S. Lewis
- Welcome and Information Center
- Informal Seating
- Gallery and Exhibition Space
- Fellowship Hall and Multipurpose Room
- Dining Room and Parlor
- Kitchen and Food Service
- Youth Activity Room
Meet in secret and plot to encourage your leaders. Strategize to make the church leaders’ work not burdensome, but a joy.
― Mark Dever
- Conference Room
Lord, help me to do great things as though they were little, since I do them with your power; And little things as though they were great, since I do them in your name!.
― Blaise Pascal
Some are only there for worship; others, for the small group ministry, and others, just for the great athletic ministry. All of them use the restroom.
It was luxuries like air conditioning that brought down the Roman Empire. Their windows were shut and they couldn’t hear the barbarians coming.
― Garrison Keillor
- Heating and Air Conditioning
- Power and Lighting