Vision

Responding to Some of Your Church Building and Design Questions

Most of the time, in both this blog and our free i3 webinars, we give you information we hope will help support your church building and remodeling projects. This time around, however, we’re going to switch things up and take instead of give—take your questions, that is.

Sources of Your Church Building Questions

In our i3 webinar series, we share a lot of useful information about the latest trends, as well as our ideas and suggestions for best practices in church design and construction. After the webinars are over, we frequently get questions.

Some of those questions are very specific—related to particular situations in which church leaders are ministering—but sometimes they’re general enough that the answers can be beneficial for everyone. In the spirit of getting the information out, read on for answers to two of your questions on recent topics we’ve covered both in our i3 webinars and here in our blog posts.

Can a Church Vision Be Too Broad?

The first question we’ll address relates to the scope of one’s church vision. It arose in response to our church vision series, where we discuss the importance of crafting the best vision for your ministry so that a church design can be created to specifically meet the needs of that vision.

The question reads as follows: “Is it important to define your vision as specifically as possible? Can it be too narrow, or too broad?”

We believe the best church visions are broad, not narrow. Also, there is a subtle, but very important, difference between being clear and concise about your vision versus being overly narrow and specific.

You don’t want to leave people out of your vision because you focused it too narrowly. The best way to find that sweet spot between broad and narrow is to try out your church vision message on the leaders in your church and see if it attracts interest, attention, and energy. If your vision resonates with your leaders and they get excited about it, you’ve got a right-sized church vision.

What Is the Trend in Church Design for Seating?

The second query we’ll address, generated by our discussion of church building trends, is about worship center seating. This is a complex issue in many churches, because a church’s history and tradition can challenge modern church design priorities.

Here’s the question: “We have pews and are thinking of changing to theater seating. What is the trend, and what are the advantages? I’ve also heard that, practically speaking, you can fit in more people with theater seating, since they’re willing to sit closer.”

Certainly this church leader is right about people being willing to sit closer with individual seats than with pews. With pews, people like to have space between each other, and often place a Bible or purse on the pew to ensure that space. With individual chairs—whether stackable or theater seating—people are willing to sit in one seat and be comfortable with someone sitting in the chair next to them.

There are important differences between theater seats and stackable seating. With either, you will gain about 15 to 20 percent in seating capacity compared to pews. However, theater seats are much more expensive: $250-$275 for theater seats versus $50-$100 for stackable seating (with wooden chairs being more expensive than metal ones).

If you have a flat floor in your church building, we recommend stackable seating for its flexibility. If your church design has a sloped floor, you will be locked into theater seating as a replacement for pews.

Answering Your Call

Our free i3 webinars are filled with practical, useful information like this. To learn the latest about church design trends and best practices in church building, visit our home page and register for any webinars that catch your interest. And keep those questions coming—we’re happy to help.

2018-05-22T15:05:58+00:00 May 22nd, 2018|Church Building, Church Design, Vision|

Dream Your Church Vision: Phasing in Your Church Design

We’ve covered much lately about the importance of a church vision for ministry. The examples we’ve shown illustrate how church leaders can use their vision to transform ministry opportunities in the community through a well-thought-out church design.

Clearly, a church vision is a powerful thing—it can inform designs, building trends, even the future of a community, as you will see below. In case you’re having a hard time articulating your church’s vision, below you’ll also find some basic, but fundamental, questions for kick-starting your own visioning process.  

What if Money Wasn’t an Obstacle?

Here are two questions we feel are very important to ask, especially at the beginning of any church visioning process:

  • If you knew you could not fail, what would you do for the glory of God?
  • If you knew that money was not an obstacle, what would you do to build God’s kingdom?

We at The McKnight Group emphasize the importance of having an expansive vision for the future of your church, because we know that if it’s not broad enough, you might end up short-changing what’s possible. The example below illustrates how a comprehensive vision can enhance a ministry’s potential.

Church Design and Vision: The Master Plan for Grove City Church

We’ve been working with Grove City Church of the Nazarene in Grove City, Ohio, for a long time. Back in 1985, they averaged about 400 in attendance, purchased a 27-acre “blank canvas,” and had this master plan. As you can see, they started by thoughtfully designing the important multi-use church buildings at the bottom of the plan. They also had a grand church vision for much more, including a Christian school and an assisted living facility.

This second master plan was developed years later. At this point, they’ve purchased additional property and expanded their church vision to include a high school, lots of athletic fields, and an enlarged mission for their assisted living facility. Also, because they’ve focused on the needs of the community, their church has grown so much that this master plan includes a 3,200-seat worship center.

Expand Your Own Vision

While the images above aren’t your typical before-and-after photos, they clearly illustrate what can be done when church leaders have a clear vision for the future of their ministry in the community.

That’s also why we encourage you to sign up for our free i3 webinars, where our photos and discussions of church design and other topics give you a clear vision for what’s possible. Just go to our home page, where you can sign up for the webinars that interest you. And if you haven’t had a recent conversation in your church about your vision for the future, consider doing so—it could be transformative.

2018-05-15T17:00:26+00:00 May 15th, 2018|Church Building, Church Design, Vision|

How the Right Church Vision Turned a Disaster into an Opportunity

We have been sharing some real-life examples of churches that have used their vision to drive the construction or renovation of their church building.

Often such transformations occur as a natural reaction to changes in the community or ministry. But as you will soon see, they can also be in response to catastrophic events—with uplifting results.

Catalyst for Change: Realizing a New Church Vision

Sometimes disaster leads to opportunity. This was the case for First Church of the Nazarene in Oskaloosa, Iowa. After their church building was destroyed by a fire in 2006, church members sought to recover from their sudden and catastrophic loss.

That’s when they realized something: God had given them a catalyst for change. They had an opportunity to take a good strong look at their various ministries and discern what the church could do differently. Through this process, church leaders began developing a new vision for their ministry in the community.

First Church of the Nazarene Becomes Gateway Church of the Nazarene

During this time, they also realized and accepted the fact that the neighborhood around the church had changed. They began talking about whether they should rebuild on the old site or look elsewhere for a location that better aligned with their new, emerging church vision. As a result, they eventually decided to move to a different part of town.

Starting from scratch, they were able to develop a church design that fit their newly focused vision. With that design in mind, they then constructed a new church building that specifically met those newfound needs. Like a phoenix from the ashes, First Church of the Nazarene became reborn across town as Gateway Church of the Nazarene.

A Church Design Focused by Vision

As you can see, Gateway wanted a focal point for their church building. Their new design makes the entrance obvious—and the fact that it’s a church is clear from the start.

Once you walk inside, the bright, airy foyer clearly conveys that gathering for conversation and developing relationships is a high priority of this church. Moreover, the restrooms are clean and elegant, making for good first impressions.

You can also see that the new design includes a nice café and seating area to encourage conversation. Through the glass walls behind the café there is an indoor play area that serves multiple purposes, giving children a place to safely play while adults get to know each other over coffee.

Such a church design sends the message that families with children are a priority. What’s more, the café and playground setup allow the church to rent the space to families in the community for children’s birthday parties. By bringing new families into the building this way, Gateway is able to reinforce its vision of ministering to couples with young children.

Change, Like Knowledge, Is Good

While not every church has the opportunity to start from scratch, it’s worth considering when looking at revising your church vision. Just as neighborhoods change over time, so do churches and their ministries.

That’s another reason we suggest you visit our home page to sign up for one or more of our free i3 webinars. After all, change happens in the church design and building industry, too and these webinars offer the perfect opportunity to stay on top of the latest trends and information.

2018-05-08T15:40:16+00:00 May 8th, 2018|Church Building, Church Design, Vision|

Church Vision Turns Old School into New Church Building

This post is another in our series featuring examples of churches whose vision transformed the design and construction of the church building they worship in.

In this case, a church leader started with a building that wasn’t built for worship at all. He saw the potential in an old middle school, then drew us in to collaborate on his energizing vision for ministry in his community.

The Church Building Challenge of Berachah Baptist Church

Berachah Baptist Church in Middletown, Ohio, had been struggling with a building that was too small. Their vision was to expand their ministries with a new church design, but they also had very little land to work with.

Because they felt confined by their old church building, they decided to take a leap of faith and sell it. When we met Pastor Lamar, they were starting to search for the right location to come along as they worshipped in rented facilities.

During their search, they looked at two or three different sites, with Pastor Lamar ultimately feeling that this old middle school had great potential. We walked through the building together (as we are willing to do with any church leaders who are evaluating their different church design options) and talked about the potential ministry opportunities of the space.

In the end, Berachah Baptist was able to purchase the property, along with 40 acres of land, for a price that worked within the church’s budget.

Transforming an Old School Cafeteria with a New Church Vision

Remodeling a former school campus for a new use can be a very effective process when it’s guided by a strong church vision.

Here are some before and after images of the school cafeteria. Berachah Baptist wanted a place where people could build relationships, so they turned it into a welcoming foyer and café area. As you can see, the old stage was converted into additional seating, providing more comfortable places for conversation and deepening relationships.

In the area which was formerly the cafeteria serving line, we created a secure check-in area for the children’s ministry. This new, bright, well-designed area helps parents feel comfortable and kids feel safe when they check in and go down the hall to their classrooms.

Making an Old Gym into a Vibrant Worship Center

Another portion of the former school transformed by Berachah Baptist’s church vision was the gymnasium. The old, tired space was renovated into a flexible worship center that can seat between 550 and 600 people. This allows the church to continue growing, even offering multiple services to meet the different needs of the community.

Additionally, the old school property provides lots of additional space to use as the church grows or when they decide to implement new aspects of their church vision.

Explore More Church Design Options

We never grow tired of working with church leaders to find new ways to support their ministry by helping them create a building that supports their church vision. In our next post, we will share the story of a church that needed support in recovering from a devastating fire.

Meanwhile, we encourage you to go to our home page and register for our free i3 webinars, which will provide more useful information about how we are supporting church visions with buildings that work.

2018-05-01T15:27:03+00:00 May 1st, 2018|Church Building, Church Design, Vision|

Church Building Renovation Examples Supported by Church Vision: Part 2

This post continues our series showcasing how remodeled church buildings can support a church’s vision for ministry.

Sometimes, church leaders may take their church building for granted, forgetting that it can send a powerful message to guests (as well as regular attenders). The fact is, if a building’s implicit message seems outdated or unwelcoming, people might stay away.

Welcoming Youth with Your Church Design

This tendency to stay away is particularly true for youth. Young people are sensitive to what may seem like a “token gesture” made by adults which actually was made with the best of intention.

For example, we’ve seen some churches build a new worship center and then give the old one to its youth group. There’s nothing wrong with that, but how you do it can really make a difference.

Westerville Christian Church Welcomes Youths with More

As you can see in these first pictures, Westerville Christian Church is one such church. They built a new worship center and repurposed the old one for young people, at first hanging a simple sign over the entrance and furnishing the old worship space with chairs and couches. But its leaders realized that their church vision of reaching youth would be a lot more successful if their church design sent a strong welcoming message. Instead of giving them “leftover space,” Westerville set out to create a design that would attract and connect with young people.

To do this, they turned to The McKnight Group for assistance. As you can see here, we transformed what was a small, closed-off foyer into a bright, welcoming space, adding fresh flooring and cool modern finishes. The foyer now leads into the worship space through an open area instead of closed doors.

We also worked with Westerville to create a design for the worship center itself that would be appealing to youth. While the old space was OK for hanging out, it didn’t really support the vision of a compelling area for young people to help bring them to Christ. To do that, we transformed the old worship center into a space with youth appeal, adding a high-quality sound system, a platform large enough for a band, and folding chairs that increase flexibility for how the space is used.

Using Your Church Building to Fulfill Your Church Vision

With these relatively straightforward renovations to an existing church design, we gave Westerville a powerful tool for fulfilling its church vision of reaching youth in the community.

In the words of Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church, “Never confuse the methods with the message. The message will always remain the same. The methods and the tools for delivering that message, however, need to change with each generation, because each generation hears the message in different ways.”

Church leaders need to notice how methods change and stay ahead of trends to get that message across. Westerville Christian Church did this by paying attention to what its youth were looking for in a church building.

Learn Even More—Then Go to School

We, too, recognize that methods change over time, which is why we freely share our i3 webinars each year. This free series helps church leaders keep up with what is happening in church building projects around the country.

Please go to our home page and sign up for any of our upcoming webinars. And come back for our next post, when we’ll provide another example of a successful church remodeling project: this time, transforming a school into an attractive functional church building.

2018-04-24T15:01:44+00:00 April 24th, 2018|Church Building, Church Design, Vision|

Having the Right Church Design Vision to Move Beyond the Status Quo

As members of The McKnight Group’s leadership team travel around the country, we find some churches lack a clear and compelling vision. We want to help change that as we believe having a cohesive vision for one’s ministry is instrumental not only for successful outreach but also as the foundation for an integrated, effective church design. Now more than ever, church leaders who are considering a new church building need to begin with a compelling vision.

Church Design: It’s Not About “Me”

Many churches today end up focusing on what current church leaders and members like. Thom Rainer, president of LifeWay Christian Resources, speaks to this when he says “it’s all about me” has become the anthem of the dying church. In order to survive, says Rainer, American churches must reach into communities through outwardly focused ministries.

This can be tough for church members to hear. People get comfortable with what they like in a church. They’ve often “shopped around” for exactly that reason, and they like the status quo. When you’re in your comfort zone, you don’t want things to change. You don’t want it to be hard work. You don’t want to be uncomfortable. This is most frequently why churches stop focusing on a vision.

Supporting the Capacity for Change

However, Christianity is not about being comfortable, especially when that leads to churches getting smaller and smaller. History can provide real examples of how preachers spurred growth in the church by challenging people to change. Scripture talks about what doesn’t grow is pruned and trimmed, and the wastes are discarded, or thrown into the fire and burned.

Our country is splintering into smaller, often sharply defined, segments. We need to understand that what used to work in reaching people for Christ will not work as well today. Rather than focusing on those smaller segments, that look “just like us,” we meet today’s needs by reaching out into the community, as Rainer said.

Creating Unity with an Outwardly Focused Vision

We have seen churches grow and be successful by expanding their thinking, one step at a time. Look beyond your church building to discover the needs in your community. Your vision is also a key to unlock a church building that works. When you have a clear, concise and compelling vision, it lets both guests and members know where you’re going. It charts the course.

Your vision also helps people feel part of something greater than themselves, rather than retaining that smaller and smaller viewpoint. They feel like they are doing more than they could do individually. A good church design unifies people, giving them something to rally around. We hear a lot of stories about how people in churches sometimes nitpick and complain about the little things. But when churches shift their focus to a broader, unifying vision, a lot of those complaints simply disappear.

Take the Next Step

Are you ready to take a good strong look at your church vision? Is it time to focus on a church design that will grow your church for the future? In our next post, we will provide the three questions that will help you determine your church vision.

Meanwhile, we suggest you sign up for our free i3 webinar series, so you can hear more about what we learn as we help leaders create church buildings that support their particular vision and ministry. Just visit our home page, scroll to the bottom, and register for webinars that catch your interest.

2018-03-27T15:26:06+00:00 March 27th, 2018|Church Building, Church Design, Vision|

How Vision Shapes Your Facility

create-church-design-visionWhat does your church’s vision do for you?  Vision should be a guide you use to make decisions about your ministry.  It should help inform you about what ministry should you start, which ministries should you keep, and which you should no longer pursue.  Ultimately, it should shape your church design by helping you decide where to put your people, places and resources in order to best achieve the mission God has called you to fulfill.

Originating Your Vision

I’ve come across churches in all stages of developing their future vision.  Some have it highly refined—the staff, leaders and attendees know not only what the vision is—but exactly what their role is in helping achieve it. Some churches, on the other hand, have a vision that’s not quite as developed, or not yet absorbed as a way of life by everyone in the church.  Staff and leaders may be teaching the vision, but there is little action being taken to make the vision a reality.

Many churches have a vision statement simply because someone told them they should have one.  They post it on the bulletin board each week and it’s prominent on the website, but it’s either too generic or broad to be used as a practical guide for leading the church’s ministry.

And then there are still the churches out there asking, “what is a vision and why do we need one?”

Vision’s Influence on Church Design

Let me share an example of how important vision can be when it comes to building a new church: Many churches claim to have a vision of reaching unchurched people.  Yet, they build churches to suit their own wants, rather than addressing the wants and needs of the unchurched.  When we look at buildings designed specifically to make unchurched people feel welcome, we discover that open, inviting, and flexible spaces are an asset and benefit the entire ministry and outreach of the church.

Ask yourself, does your facility reflect your church’s ministry and vision?

That can be a hard question to answer, but thankfully, there is a common scenario that prompts folks to come to terms with their vision in a more expedient fashion. As people strive to get closer to God, changes occur within them.  Many times a passion for a certain type of ministry, a way of touching people’s lives for Christ, starts to build in a person and as their excitement grows they begin sharing the message of how this ministry will reach people for Christ.

This excitement and passion is the foundation of their vision.

The next step for someone with a fledgling vision is to go to the pastor or church board and ask for support, space, staff time or maybe even full congregational support and involvement.  That sounds awesome, doesn’t it?  When a church has two, three or more people asking for support at the same time, it must decide whether it has the resources to support all of that inspiration.

Deciding How and When to Nurture a Vision

So, how do you decide whether or not to support the ideas and opportunities that are brought to you?  Have a clearly defined vision of your ministry for the next 5 to 10 years and use it as a roadmap to determine which of the burgeoning ministries will fit in with the overall direction and which ones won’t.

This may sound harsh or even counterproductive to think you couldn’t support someone’s ministry idea, but think of it this way: If God gives someone a vision for a certain ministry then He will provide the resources to help it flourish.  Your church simply may not be where God wants that ministry to grow, and His plan for that ministry will not succeed or fail based on your decision to support it.

Churches with a clear vision have ministries that reflect that vision.  They also have facilities that reflect that vision.

How Vision Plays into Building a New Church

Why am I so concerned with vision?  Because when we begin work with a church, it can be easy to dream of all the ways a facility can support a church’s ministries.  I frequently find myself saying, “your vision is most likely bigger than your wallet.” Difficult decisions have to be made about what you can afford to put into your building.  Similarly, difficult decisions must be made down the road to ensure you can be a good steward of the resources God has given you in your new facility. There are important questions that must be answered:

  • How will you prioritize what gets built first?
  • Whose ministry will have to wait?
  • Whose ministry won’t get everything they hoped for?
  • How will you remain unified as church staff, leadership and congregation in light of these decisions?

Define Your Vision and Church Design

A clearly defined vision will provide the tools you need to answer the questions above.  Instead of focusing on why one person doesn’t have everything they wished for in the new facility, you can refocus people’s attention to the higher priorities and defuse issues that can sidetrack progress.  Staff members who know the vision, understand that sacrificing their wants can help accomplish the church’s vision.  Also, a unified vision lets people feel like they’re a part of something bigger than themselves.

I recommend you find a way to develop your vision into a tool that aids you in your church design quest (having witnessed first-hand, the troubles that can result from not doing so). There are many good books and sites out there that can help you, but start thinking sooner rather than later.

2016-09-14T14:48:25+00:00 September 14th, 2016|Church Design, Uncategorized, Vision|

Our Advantage Building: Fruit of Our Church Design Experience

church-design-advantage-buildingThere is no substitute for experience. This is especially true when it comes to church design and building. Our 45 years working with churches of all sizes has taught us more than a few things about the best ways to meet the vision of those churches. It’s contributed to the development of a model of what the optimal, affordable church building looks like. We call it the Advantage Building. In this post we want to talk about this model, and how it can be used to create a building that will help grow both your ministries and your membership.

Why Did We Create the Advantage Building?

Our Advantage Building is a church design we created specifically to help smaller churches that are just starting out, or growing churches that need an additional facility to expand their ministries. This design provides the blueprint for a quality building at an affordable price. It incorporates many of our most successful church building features while paying close attention to what churches need to fulfill their vision and grow their communities.

What Makes This Church Design Work?

After more than four decades of designing and building multi use spaces, we know what they need. We understand that your multi-ministry space can be for worship, athletics, children, meals, dramas, meetings, shelters or other ministries you have. We’ve designed a space that’s fully handicap accessible so that everyone can gather together. It’s also flexible enough that you can host Vacation Bible School during the week, a basketball game on Saturday afternoon, and a banquet on Saturday night.

We also know you need a welcoming space where people can gather and get to know each other. The lobby of our Advantage Building is designed to be warm and inviting, but also simple enough that you can tailor it to your specific church vision. In addition, we’ve created other flexible spaces to meet needs for children’s ministries and other important aspects of church life.

What Else Is Special About the Advantage Building?

Being builders by trade, we have discovered what works for churches and what doesn’t. This church design incorporates many of the features that we have learned are important, including an energy-efficient building envelope, both theatrical lighting and LED house lighting, excellent acoustics, quiet mechanical HVAC systems, and durable, low-maintenance construction.

We understand the importance of getting your message across, so the building is designed for sound systems and video projection. We also include ceiling-mounted and motorized basketball goals that, because they’re glass, seem to disappear from view when tucked up against the ceiling.

This church design includes a simple exterior so that your new building will easily be expanded for future growth. And since it’s designed to be built either on a “blank slate” plot of land or as an expansion of your existing church, the Advantage Building is an affordable way to get your church building project completed without depleting your budget.

To find out more of what we’ve learned over 40-plus years of designing churches, visit our website today. There you can sign up for our informative and popular i3 webinar series. They’re absolutely free!

2015-07-29T08:25:29+00:00 July 29th, 2015|Church Design, Uncategorized, Vision|

A Report on the Church Design Experts’ Experience at Catalyst 2014

catalyst-conference-wrapupWe spoke about the Catalyst 2014 event in Atlanta a great deal this year—and the event itself certainly met our expectations. The number of influential Christian leaders present there was impressive, and the messages we heard were both challenging and inspirational.

Speaker Highlights

We particularly enjoyed Matt Chandler, an author and pastor of The Village Church in Fort Worth, Texas, who had a very encouraging message for pastors and staff on Thursday night. Other featured speakers included Andy Stanley, from North Point Ministries, whose work planting churches in the Atlanta area is truly remarkable, and Craig Groeschel of LifeChurch.tv, who has embraced the electronic age: His messages are viewed at over 200 churches every week.

In addition to the great speakers, there were some amazing labs, which gave participants a chance to delve more deeply into issues that are facing the church today. One lab, led by Shelene Bryan, Sergio De La Mora and Peter Greer, examined how to challenge the status quo; another looked at how to think outside the box through innovation and featured Matt Redman, Hannah Brencher and Gideon Tsang.

Catalyst Connections

For The McKnight Group, Catalyst 2014 was a very successful gathering. We had a number of friends and customers come visit our booth and talk about their church design and building issues. Some of these:

  • From Epic Church in Philadelphia, we met Kent Jacobs, lead pastor, and Justin Dela Cruz, campus pastor and heard about the great things their church is doing in Philly.
  • Eric Freeman, associate pastor of Daystar Church in Greensboro, North Carolina,  his wife, Amanda spent time in our suite
  • Steve Straka, Fawcett Campus pastor for Rock City Church in Columbus, Ohio, came to see us, along with his colleague, Worship Pastor Ben Crist.
  • From Chicago First Church of the Nazarene, we reconnected with one of our former clients Pastor Brian Wrangler and met Grant Heckman, executive pastor of connections.
  • And of course we spent time with our Catalyst Contest winner, the Reverend Mark Kingen, pastor of Russellville Community Wesleyan Church in Davison, Michigan. He came by with his assistant pastor, David Boroff.

We also enjoyed a great luncheon with Bryan Briggs, lead pastor at Destination Church in Hopewell, Virginia, and two pastors from our hometown Grove City Church of the Nazarene:  Youth Pastors David Morrison, Zack Zaborski.

Looking Forward to 2015 with the Church Design Experts

As you can imagine, we’re already looking forward to Catalyst 2015, which will again be held in Atlanta, on October 7-9.

We are also looking forward to completing our 2015 free i3 webinar schedule—and there’s still time to give us your suggestions. Please share with us the church design, building, and remodeling issues you’re facing, questions you have, and things you’d like to learn more about. You can let us know by sending us an email at request@mcknightgroup.com, calling us at 800-625-6448, or sending us a letter via fax (614-875-7006) or mail (P.O. Box 370, Grove City, OH 43123).

2014-11-19T08:21:08+00:00 November 19th, 2014|Uncategorized, Vision|

The Time is Now to Enter Our Catalyst Conference Contest

catalyst-conference-contestThe Catalyst Conference in Atlanta is less than three months away now, and we’re getting pretty excited about it. The McKnight Group is attending this conference for the next generation of church leaders and we think you should too. And if you’re a church leader, we’re making it even easier.

Join the Church Design Experts at Catalyst!

As we announced on our blog several weeks ago, we are holding a contest so you can join us at Catalyst. One lucky, active church leader will receive two tickets to the Atlanta Catalyst Conference, which is being held October 1-3, 2014, as well as hotel accommodations for two nights. All you need to do is visit our Facebook page and like us to get started. However, you’ve got to enter today, because this contest ends on August 15th!

Catalyst Speakers are Top Notch

There are many reasons we’re looking forward to Catalyst. One big one is the amazing group of church leaders who will be speaking, teaching, and leading worship at the event. Here are some of the highlights:

Andy Stanley, Senior Pastor, North Point Ministries – Andy’s North Point Ministries is a network of five Atlanta-area churches where 33,000 people worship every single Sunday. They’ve planted over 30 churches outside of Atlanta, and Andy has also published a handful of books.

Craig Groeschel, Lead Pastor, LifeChurch.tv – Craig’s network of churches originated in Oklahoma and has transformed the way church happens. Today they have over 90 weekend services at 16 different locations, and their messages are viewed weekly at over 200 network churches. Craig is also the author of a number of books.

Tim Keller, Founding Pastor, Redeemer Presbyterian Church – A faith and urban culture expert, Tim started Manhattan’s Redeemer Presbyterian Church in 1989, growing it to a weekly attendance of over 5,000. His successful Redeemer City to City has also founded over 250 churches in 48 urban areas. Some of his books have been on the New York Times bestseller list.

Matt Redman, Worship Leader, Grammy Award-winning songwriter – music is a key to worship in the church today and Catalyst worship will be led by Matt Redman, who has served as a music minister in many nations on four continents. Currently based in Brighton, England, he is also the author of numerous books on worship.

Visit Us at Catalyst—or on the Web Anytime

Of course, if you’ve already got your tickets to Catalyst, we invite you to stop by our booth and meet us, ask us all your questions, and learn more about how a smart church building plan can enhance your church’s vision for growth. And if you can’t make it to Catalyst this year, visit our website and sign up for our free i3 webinar series to keep up with the latest information on church building and remodeling.

2014-07-29T07:49:49+00:00 July 29th, 2014|Advice, Uncategorized, Vision|