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ENGAGING WORSHIP SPACES
By Mark R Ashcraft with Bruce Woody, AIA

The act of worship is a very personal experience.  No matter the style of worship, there are common elements that will create an engaging experience.  A sanctuary, or worship center depending on your tradition, is a big factor in the act of worship itself.  A well designed space will help in creating the atmosphere for receiving the message as well as providing visual clues on expectations.

What really defines an engaging space for worship?  There are several characteristics which create connection, both horizontal and vertical, but we will look at four – Room Shaping, Focal Points, Finish Selection, and Technology.