Why Church Buildings Matter: The Story of Your Space

by Tim Cool. Rainer Publishing, 2017.


This concise resource about congregation buildings will help guide conversations on how to align the congregation's story to the facility.


parking lot design, master planning

Recommended Audience

lay leaders, building committees, facility managers of large congregation


Purchase as a book or e-book

Practical Applications

  • Discuss this resource with building committees before starting master planning.

About the Contributor

Tim Shapiro

Tim Shapiro is the Indianapolis Center’s president. He began serving the Center in 2003 after 18 years in pastoral ministry. For 14 years, Tim served Westminster Presbyterian Church in Xenia, Ohio. Prior to his pastorate at Westminster, he was pastor of Bethlehem Presbyterian Church in Logansport, Indiana. He holds degrees from Purdue University and Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

Tim’s interest in how congregations learn to do new things is represented in his book How Your Congregation LearnsAfter his extensive work on the Center’s Sacred Space initiative, Tim co-authored the book Holy Places: Matching Sacred Space with Mission and MessageHe has also authored several articles, including Applying Positive Deviance and The Congregation of Theological Coherence.

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