Milestone Church creates an oasis for community and worship at their Keller, Texas campus relocation with a stunning new facility.
Rachel Dawn Hayes · August 17, 2017
While once cutting-edge, today’s third places are an established element in modern church design. They’ve become central in bringing vibrancy and, perhaps now more than ever, play a vital role in a church’s ability to promote community-mindedness among attendees as well as connection with the physical community surrounding it.
A “third place” is a social environment that isn’t home and isn’t work. It’s a place for connecting with and building community which, incidentally, is the vision Milestone Church had for its new permanent facility on 54.5 acres in Keller, Texas—fortuitously acquired through negotiations with a residential developer.
“[Milestone] conceived this idea of its church being an extension of the community it’s serving,” says Stephen Pickard, principal and director of the Church Works Studio of Dallas-based GFF, Milestone’s architect. “This is not the old model of the church as an island.”
Established in 2002 by Pastor Jeff Little and 32 people, Milestone now has two campuses welcoming more than 5,000 attendees every weekend. Milestone’s mission of “Reaching People. Building Lives” was at the center of the project, according to Executive Pastor Jeff Pelletier, as were goals involving location, community space, expandable worship space and children’s space.
Location, Location, Location
Milestone focused its property search in Keller due to the area’s explosive growth. “Within a 7-mile radius of our property, we’ve seen 86 percent growth in the last 12 years, projected to be another 22 percent in the next five years,” says Pelletier.
The acreage Milestone purchased is highly visible and accessible, and running through it is a gas line easement converted to a hike and bike trail by the City of Keller—serving to further diminish the barriers between Milestone and the community.