Founded in 2002, Word of Life Fellowship (WoLF) has worked for nearly a decade to find a permanent home. The purchase of nearly eight acres in Cibolo, at the corner of what will soon be a major intersection at FM 1103 and Coy Lane offered the growing congregation a wonderful opportunity. Enlisting the help of Heimsath Architects, the congregation and its professional team developed an overall vision for a long-term development to meet a range of ministry needs.
The solution takes advantage of the gradual slope by siting the new structures along the higher contours to be visible from the roadway intersection. The new 400 seat sanctuary will be a major element in the landscape. It is supported by classrooms, outreach programs and a fellowship hall that are all connected together by a single unifying space christened “the Commons.” This space is accessed through a courtyard covered by a trellis that forms a welcoming image of entry for the congregation and visitors.
Phase One of the master plan, which maximizes a limited budget, will begin construction in 2016. The program consists of approximately 5,000 square feet of new building. Several spaces will be shared with functions that will be accommodated elsewhere in later phases. For example, the 200-seat sanctuary will serve for social and fellowship activities. Eventually, the fellowship hall will expand in the same location once the new sanctuary is constructed. The Phase One classrooms and offices are accessible from the main assembly as is the new hospitality room that will eventually be expanded into a church kitchen.
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