Worship the Lord – Church Architecture

New Series: Church Architecture

Winston Churchill’s famous remark at the rebuilding of the Houses of Parliament is quoted in numerous books and articles on church architecture: “We shape our buildings, and ever after they shape us.” Perhaps Churchill is frequently quoted because people aren’t completely happy with their church designs. James White wrote, “Church architecture not only reflects the ways Christians worship but architecture also shapes worship or not uncommonly, misshapes it.”

This issue of Worship the Lord begins a series on church architecture. Most readers of this newsletter are not planning to build or renovate. Still, the principles to be articulated are worth our time and thought for minor changes to existing buildings or as catalyst for a more extensive future remodeling project. Design topics can be theological or practical. While there is no single correct way to design various features of a church, there is often room for improvement.

Downloadable resources

18. Something Old, Something New - March 2006Download
18a. Faith, Sharpsburg GA - March 2006 supplementDownload
18b. Cross of Glory, Peoria AZ - March 2006 supplementDownload
19. From Catholic to Lutheran - May 2006Download
19a. Peace, Kokomo IN - May 2006 supplementDownload
20. A Testimony to the Community - July 2006Download
20a. Grace, Glendale AZ - July 2006 supplementDownload
21. New Seminary Chapel - September 2006Download
21a. Seminary Chapel, Mequon WI - September 2006 supplementDownload
22. Building Deliberately Lutheran - November 2006Download
22a. Resurrection, Verona WI - November 2006 supplementDownload
22b. Duluth, MN and Traverse City, MI - November 2006 supplementDownload
23. Excellence in Unusual Places - March 2007Download
23a. Calvary, Dallas TX - March 2007 supplementDownload
23b. More Calvary, Dallas TX photos - March 2007 supplementDownload
24. An Expanded House of Worship - May 2007Download
24a. Redeemer, Rice Lake WI - May 2007 supplementDownload
25. Opportunity for Change - July 2007Download
25a. Faith, Antioch IL - July 2007 supplementDownload
25b. Faith, Antioch IL sanctuary - July 2007 supplementDownload
26. Space for Musicians - September 2007Download
26a. St. Mark, Citrus Heights CA - September 2007 supplementDownload
26b. St. John, Wauwatosa WI - September 2007 supplementDownload
26c. Christ, N. St. Paul and Mt. Olive, Shakopee MN - September 2007 supplementDownload
27. A Design that Speaks - November 2007Download
27a. Summerville, SC - November 2007 supplementDownload
28. PowerPoint - January 2008Download
28a. Presenter Beware - January 2008 supplementDownload
28b. Designing a Worshipful Environment - January 2008 supplementDownload
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