What Makes Your Church Your Church?

3 building blocks to help you tell your story.

What makes your church your church? The distinctive elements within your building that tell the story of who you are as a faith community? These are the questions that Kevin Miller, recent executive director of resource development at Christianity Today and now senior pastor at Church of the Savior in Wheaton, Illinois, explores in the video series, “Telling Your Church’s Unique Story.”

Miller shares insights he gleaned from leading his previous church through a major adaptive reuse building project. After winning an auction for an abandoned plastics factory, his church had to decide how to transform an industrial steel and glass structure into ministry space that would resonate with their Anglican congregation.

Miller covers the process his church underwent in determining their church’s story and how they could use this new space to convey their mission, vision, and values. His church’s building project helped him discern three key elements that must be considered to clearly communicate your church’s unique story within its physical space.

1. Loves

Like every church, Church of the Resurrection loves many things: for example, the performing arts, children’s ministry, and leading people back to Christ. According to Miller, though, for Church of the Resurrection, worship is probably their greatest love. During their building process, extra money went into designing a spectacular worship center while creating functional children’s areas, lobby spaces, and other office and classroom areas of the church. By investing in one key space—the sanctuary—Church of the Resurrection tells the story of a worship-centric church.

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SOURCE: Christianity Today
Marian V. Liautaud