Site and Parking

What Happens Here

  • General and special needs parking
  • Directional signage
  • Landscaping
  • Pedestrian approach
  • Passenger drop-off
  • Shuttle buses, trams, or carts

What to Look For

  • Is parking adequate? Is remote parking required or provided?
  • Are pedestrians separated from vehicular traffic, or are they required to walk in driving lanes?
  • Are directional signs easy to read?
  • Is parking set aside for special groups, such as first time visitors, persons with limited mobility, pregnant mothers, parents of preschoolers, senior adults. staff. or service vehicles?
  • Is covered dropoff provided? If so, how many cars can unload under cover at one time?
  • Do you find comfortable places to sit, wait and visit?
  • How does landscaping support church activities?
  • Are there special purpose outdoor rooms?
  • Are there public gathering areas such as an outdoor cafe, baptistry, prayer garden, memorial garden, or columbarium?
  • Where is the dumpster?

Why It Matters


Most zoning ordinances require as few as one parking space for every four worship seats, but churches are finding they need more: 1 space for every two persons.  The calculation should be based on the highest population on site, usually the sum of the two largest adjacent services or ministry periods.

Avoid one-way drives with angled parking.  It’s too easy for a newcomer to head in the wrong direction and cause a traffic jam or, worse, feel like they don’t belong.

Room x Room posts are brief examinations of the nature, purpose and potential of typical spaces used in ministry. Our intent is to help users see and consider how each component contributes to (or hinders) the ministry it serves.