Project Description

Master Plan Study for New Congregation

Location: Plainwell, MI

After worshiping for five years in a middle school cafeteria, this church has begun to yearn for a permanent church home to serve the needs of its thriving congregation of 450 attendees.  While the school offers many benefits, including an abundance of classroom spaces and a pool for baptisms, church leaders have grown weary of the Sunday morning setup, and are seeing the value of a facility that could serve as a seven-day-a-week church in the community.

InForm Architecture was retained to develop a master plan to meet their current and future needs.  Through a series of interviews, brainstorming  sessions, and tours of other church facilities, a vision for  the facility has emerged from our conversations.  The new campus will:

  • be a warm, inviting place for members and the community to gather and engage seven days a week
  • have open, bright, flexible and non-traditional spaces that encourage worship, learning, fellowship and relationship building
  • have technology appropriate for current and future needs
  • have a site that provides adequate parking and outdoor recreational areas for use for worship, teaching and building community
  • be a practical, energy efficient facility that models good stewardship of financial and natural resources
  • allow for and encourage future growth as needed to provide the tools necessary for ministry

Programming, site analysis, block plans and exterior concepts were developed to re-purpose an existing retail facility into the first home for this congregation.