Vintage Faith Church in Santa Cruz, Calif. just moved to a new building and they have a peculiar problem: Pews. Vintage Faith is an emergent church where pews and a central focus on a pulpit are not the norm.
Church leader Dan Kimball (I’d call him pastor, but their web site doesn’t list job titles) has an interesting post exploring the history of the church pew. For him it’s not strictly about comfort, but being able to have a communal worship experience.
It’s kind of odd how ingrained pews are as part of the church experience, especially since pews as we know them weren’t introduced until the 1500s. For more on church seating, check out our recent poll where the majority said seating only matters in that it shouldn’t be a distraction.