Site Entrance

What Happens Here

  • Vehicular entrance
  • Main signage
  • Landscape features
  • Pedestrian approach
  • Connection to surrounding uses
  • Public transit stops

What to Look For

  • Is the entrance (or are entrances) clearly visible?
  • Are main identifying signs easily readable?
  • Is the entrance wide enough to allow safe and easy turns into the property at expected speeds and traffic levels?
  • Do special features mark the entrance?

Why It Matters

As recently as a generation or two ago, families attended a church in their neighborhood and may have even walked to worship.  Today, it is rare to see anyone arrive on foot, a reality that too few church facilities acknowledge.


As streets widen and traffic increases, it’s not unusual to see a 25-mile-per-hour entrance on a 50-mile-per-hour street, meaning that, to enter the church, a driver will likely be a nuisance (if not a hazard) to the drivers behind.  Options include deceleration lanes and wider openings at the curb.

A site typically requires more exits than entrances.  Arrivals are dispersed over longer periods than departures.  Each exit may require dedicated lanes and stack space for left turns to minimize the wait for everyone else.

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.