I have a big interest in church architecture and in the creative response to the typical problems that face congregations today (across the denominational spectrum). While some may still buy into the mega church model of facility development, I wonder if we might not see the future lies elsewhere for most of us -- especially suburban congregations which have attempted to mimic the mega model on a smaller scale.
One such plan for a Roman Catholic parish is given in the journal Sacred Architecture. I am not going to repeat the whole article here, but, if you are interested in church architecture, this is something worth your reading and reflection. You can survey the words and pictures here. I include two pictures -- a before and after... What is most interesting here is that the architectural firm has structured the changes so that they do not disrupt the parish life and so that they are largely self-supported by the use of existing land for other purpose.
|Typical suburban parish sprawl in multiple structures inefficiently taking up the space.|
|Architectural rendering of a return to a parish church facility and different use of the land.|