Church Planning and Transportation Technology

February 01, 2018 by: Ben Heimsath

Modern churches have consistently been planned to accommodate transportation based on the personal car. Church promoters have advised congregations to provide an abundance of parking spaces, as many as one space per two seats in the assembly. This has resulted in most new churches filling their properties with oceans of asphalt. I've blogged before about innovative transportation but things are ... Read More

Transportation / Master Planning / Church Site Development / Church Change

Church Design and Transportation Technology - Some Not so Obvious Impacts

January 21, 2018 by: Ben Heimsath

For churches, radical transportation changes are realistically a long-term concern, However, as churches make long-term decisions, it is not too soon to think about the consequences of at least some of these trends. News out of the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show is all about transportation. Self-driving cars are no longer experimental and dozens of companies are promoting alternatives to taxis, ... Read More

Transportation / Master Planning / Church Change

Coffee Trailer Locates on Holy Grounds

November 30, 2016 by: Ben Heimsath

About three weeks ago a new business rolled in to South Austin. Its unconventional location illustrates a growing national trend. The Summer Moon coffee trailer found its new home at a church. The South Austin Church of the Nazarene has been an anchor of this neighborhood for decades. Hundreds, if not thousands of commuters and neighbors pass by on this busy stretch of Manchaca Road. But for the ... Read More

Promotion / Site Development / Master Planning

Discovering Austin Powerhouse Church’s Ecdysis

August 28, 2016 by: Ben Heimsath

One growing segment in the US religious landscape is the city start-up church. Ministers and church leaders are tapping into an entrepreneurial culture to form a number of new congregations. These may be planted churches supported by established denominations. More often, however, these churches are nondenominational and begin with ministers who feel the call to organize independently or are ... Read More

Master Planning / Religious