If you’re running out of space in your current worship facilities, building a bigger church isn’t always the answer. There are still ways for you to effectively use the space you have. Here are some ways to maximize the functionality of your worship space.
Use Your Sanctuary for More than Worship
The sanctuary is the main section of your church, and probably has the most space. It makes sense to repurpose this space during the week when it’s not being used for worship services. Host events, group meetings, Bible studies, and more in the sanctuary, and you may find you don’t need to expand your facilities to accommodate your growing ministry.
Make Your Rooms Multipurpose
If you already have other rooms in the church besides the main sanctuary, rethink how you are using them. A classroom could also serve as a meeting room, or as overflow seating during worship services. Make sure no room sits unused.
It can be challenging to accommodate multiple activities in the same room, so organization is key. Invest in storage bins, room dividers, and other smart organization tools, and make sure your staff members are putting things away in their proper places.
Use Flexible Seating and Furniture
The key to making your facilities truly multipurpose is flexible furniture. Traditional pews don’t allow for much creativity, but church chairs can be folded or stacked when not in use, and rearranged to accommodate any number of people. Folding tables are likewise very flexible and perfect for banquets or other events.
If your church has a stage, this presents more of a challenge, since many stages are fixed in place and take up a lot of room. Consider investing in a portable stage that can be stored when not in use.
Add Another Worship Service
Are worship services packed to capacity? Adding another service could be the perfect solution. This gives your congregation more choices and alleviates the crowdedness.
Consider Whether It’s Time to Expand
If you’ve reached the point where you truly can’t accommodate all of your ministry needs, it might be time to expand your facilities or even move to a new building. Your members are likely feeling the space constraints. If you’re hesitant to move, then planting a church is another viable option.
At ChurchPlaza, we understand the needs of a modern church. We’re committed to providing flexible church seating, as well as quality sanctuary furniture. Contact us with any questions, or browse our website to see what we have to offer.