Design & Construction

What Makes A Great Church Building?

In the pursuit of worthy facility, what elements must come together to create a sacred space?

Gary Zandstra  ·  January 9, 2018

Page 1 of 2 pages 1 2 >

There are some facets that go into what makes a church building great and they all intertwined together. 

It’s really the collision of form and function in an explosive manner that brings greatness. 

Form can be looked at and described in many ways.  I would prefer to call it design rather than form.  Design in our modern vocabulary congers up ideas like beauty, inspiration and engagement. 

Good design actually also includes function.

If we look at the iPhone most people would give it compliments on its design.  They would say, its sleek, classy, beautiful and it works great. 

Shouldn’t our church facilities be referred to in the same fashion?

In my home town is Hope College, on its campus sits Dimnent Chapel.

Page 1 of 2 pages 1 2 >


Design & Construction · Design · Blogs & Opinion · Church Construction Management - New Project · Expansion · Facility Design · Renovation · All Topics


Gary Zandstra
Gary’s newest venture The Experience gives him the opportunity to help the local church using his vast experience in facilities and production.
Contact Gary Zandstra: ·  View More by Gary Zandstra

Support and Enhance the Worship Message

The latest strategies for sound, lighting and facilities can help you better attract and engage with your congregation. With Worship Facilities’ insights on leadership, communication and administrative tools, each issue shows you how to design and maintain your facility and how to adapt it to meet the changing needs of today’s members.
Explore the success stories of others, and find ways to enhance your weekly services. Get a free subscription to Worship Facilities magazine. Subscribe today!