Turning Buildings into Churches

August 4, 2005 by

We’re not exactly a church building blog, but I think this article about churches converting old buildings instead of building new ones is pretty cool. The main motivation is that churches can get a lot more bang for their buck. Spending money wisely is usually a good idea.

But I also love the symbolism of churches taking old, empty buildings that have been discarded by commercial interests and breathing new life into them. You couldn’t ask for a better metaphor.

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Kevin D. Hendricks


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5 Responses to “Turning Buildings into Churches”

  • corey
    August 4, 2005

    For the last two years, I’ve been doing work for a church in New Jersey called Renaissance Church. They were able to purchase a century-old opera house and convert it to a state-of-the-art sanctuary for their Sunday services. I understand that there may be financial benefits to purchasing a pre-existing structure and retrofitting it to meet parochial needs… but there’s also something ├╝ber-hip about meeting for church in a warehouse, abandoned factory, old opera house, etc.- it becomes a little microcosmic allegory to how the gospel makes old things new.


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  • corey
    August 4, 2005

    sorry, I realize that the end of my comment just parroted what Kevin said in the blog post… whoops- I wasn’t listening, I guess I was just waiting to speak…


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  • Wentz
    April 26, 2006

    The link to the article is dead… Can anybody point me to it? Our church is doing this right now…


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  • The Aesthetic Elevator
    August 16, 2006

    Our church is in an old furniture warehouse; people around town now call us the “Bynum furniture church.”
    I do think it was a good use of the building.


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  • Kevin Headings
    April 20, 2007

    May I suggest that the ‘church’ is not a building, but that we are the ‘church’.


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