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Today, many churches are pursuing a wide range of ministries that respond to the spiritual, physical and mental health of individuals and families. A church master plan and development framework is essential. For the church, the need to grow within the realities of economic and operational constraints and the need to project a vision that stirs the hearts and minds of its members are paramount. It is a process that requires creativity, collective energy, teamwork, sharpened management and organizational skills, faith and the determination to make things better. To do it right, the church will have to step out of the box it sometimes inhabits.

Many churches are responding by embracing a powerful and broad range of ministries that serve communities. Successful churches clearly understand the value of community. It is what they offer. They are reaching out to the un-churched, addressing issues that affect people's real lives and offering a wide range of relevant services provided in a friendly community environment.

In doing so, churches are building environments that are sometimes secular and more familiar to people. Such places as malls, specialty stores, food-courts, themed restaurants, coffee houses, theaters, sports parks and family centers (to name a few) may provide, not only expanded ministry opportunities, but suggest special environmental settings and qualities that may be appropriately transposed into the fabric and development framework of a church community. In addition to these built environments, their associated technologies, operational practices and services suggest ideas and practices that may be helpful to churches seeking to expand outreach.

ChurchWorks is an architecture, master planning and design resource for churches that aspire to be successful centers of community life. Within these professional service areas, ChurchWorks hopes to encourage and facilitate church development as impactful platforms for ministry and community outreach.

ChurchWorks welcomes your inquiry. If you have a questions about a new building, arrangement of buildings, a site expansion, relocation or want to create a friendlier and more inviting community environment, ChurchWorks Architect, David Price, and the ChurchWorks resource team are ready to serve you.

 

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