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Free Presentation: How to Build a Meaningful Catholic Church

Do you know the four key components to a beautiful Catholic church? Steve Baker PhD(c) is offering free presentations on his research from his Ph.D. Dissertation: How Catholic Sacred Architecture Means. In this wonderful presentation, Steve explains the meaning behind Catholic sacred architecture, the mystery of faith, and the sacred mysteries of the mass. Saint Thomas Aquinas identifies three requirements for beauty: integritas, claritas, and consonantia. Our research shows that Aquinas hints at a fourth pivotal component to his aesthetics system, and it is this fourth component that supplies one with guidance for making meaningful and lasting Catholic churches.

 

VISIONBuild Programming Workshop

You have a need, but now you need a vision.

 

NOTE: Our VISIONBuild workshops are designed to work as a building committee workshop or as a parish wide seminar.

 

Our VISIONBuild Workshops offer a structured process by which a parish can successfully navigate the waters of a church building process. These parish-wide workshops consist of 6 nightly parish town hall meetings typically spanning a 6-week timeframe. This process breaks down to two back-to-back sessions that are held every two weeks. For example, the parish would meet Monday & Tuesday every other week for three times. Each weekly session expands on the other. To some, it might seem like a tedious and messy process that takes each design detail to the congregation as a whole—rather than just a designated building committee—but here at Baker Architects, we believe it is important if churches want membership buy-in.

 

If there is one word that can be used to describe the role of an architect, it would have to be VISION. We view our role as an architect as one who provides, communicates, and maintains the integrity of a design for our clients and parishes. To ensure this vision is carried through as planned, we lead teams so that all ACT, THINK, and COMMUNICATE from the inside out. 

Why do we need this project?

First, the most important question that a parish should ask is, "Why should we build?"

 

These two nights are entirely about listening. It includes small group discussions and a survey of the parish to discover each others needs and wants for your project. No one person knows as much as all of us together. Our task here is the ask each other what they think what the parish needs are. The focus is asking how does this project improve the sacramental life of the church and fulfill its ministerial needs. All of the sessions are open to everyone, and all are encouraged to sign up and attend these workshops.

 

Session 1

Session 1 includes small group discussions and survey of the parish to discover each others needs and wants for your project. No one person knows as much as all of us together. Our task here is the ask each other what they think what the parish needs are. The focus is asking how does this project improve the sacramental life of the church and fulfill its ministerial needs. All of the sessions are open to everyone, and all are encouraged to sign up and attend these workshops.

 

In this fist session, there is a tremendous opportunity to discover something profound for God, The quest of this journey is to find ONE decision, as ONE parish, and ONE future. The goal of this session is sole to LISTEN. Everyone is invited to say what's on their mind and to get it on the record. Next, everyone is asked to volunteer on building committees. These provide a great opportunity for individual ownership and participation in the church building process.

 

Session 2

Session 2 is all about listening. First, each small group is asked questions like "Why do we need a new church? What would we want a new church to look like? What's good about our parish? And even, What's not right about our parish?

  • The building company was more than just an architect and builder; they helped discern and articulate the ministry need behind the new facilities.

  • Key lay leaders must be on board.

  • They need these lay leaders to grasp and own the ministry vision behind the project.

  • The vision is redundantly communicated. Churches with successful building programs remind the congregation of the ministry vision behind the project. Then they remind them again. And again. The congregation must never be lulled into thinking that the vision is the building; the people must be reminded redundantly there is a ministry vision behind the project.

Session 3 & 4

How does a church create meaning?

Get the facts: demographics, clergy population, financial analysis, design solutions, and more.

 

Session 3

In this  sesssion we discuss the building process:

 

10 step building process

  1. Strategy

  2. Team Building

  3. Programming

  4. Schematic Design

  5. Fundraising

  6. Design Development

  7. Construction Documents

  8. Bidding and Negotiations

  9. Construction 

  10. Warranty

Session 3 & 4

How does a church create meaning?

Get the facts: demographics, clergy population, financial analysis, design solutions, and more.

 

Session 3

In this  sesssion we discuss the building process:

 

10 step building process

  1. Strategy

  2. Team Building

  3. Programming

  4. Schematic Design

  5. Fundraising

  6. Design Development

  7. Construction Documents

  8. Bidding and Negotiations

  9. Construction 

  10. Warranty

Session 4 & 5

What does our church need?

 

In the final two sessions, the parish is presented with a summary of what the parish has determined it needs. This provides a final vision of the future and a plan for growth and change.

 

Session 5

In this session the group is placed into ten or so small groups to discuss four key areas: FUNCTION, FORM COST, and TIME.

 

Session 6

This session consists of a work session where ideas are read, summarized, categorized, revised, and voted YES, MAYBE, NO, or CHANGE.

 

FUNCTION - this category focuses on quantity, as in number of seats, parking spaces, etc.)

 

FORM - this category focuses on aesthetics and quality of construction

 

COST - this category balances between what we want and what the parish can afford.

 

TIME - this category describes how long the construction process should take.