Creating Third Place Spaces at Church

by Derek DeGroot. Aspen Group.


This 8-page article from a church architect offers tips and a research-based approach for congregations seeking to create intimate meeting spaces.


third place elements, case study

Recommended Audience

clergy, lay leaders, and facilities manager



Practical Applications

  • Consider your congregation's use of space and how to make it more conducive for gathering after reading the case study provided.
  • Create inviting space for people to meet and gather by reading the "Try This" section with suggestions and actionable tips.

About the Contributor

Marie Fleming

Marie Fleming was a contract resource consultant for the Center for Congregations. Her consulting practice includes congregation-based Permaculture Design and equipping congregations for creation care.

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