Commentary by Dr. Whitesel: “As you may know, I advocate churches build more auditoriums of smaller size so that they can: 1) offer more culturally diverse worship options and 2) take advantage of the “Dunbar number” whereby smaller venues create more community. (For more on the Dunbar Number can be found by searching this wiki.) Here is how one student aptly describes how North Point Church (which Andy Stanley pastors) leverages two auditoriums with back-to-back backstages.”
A.P. (student) reply to Dr. Whitesel, 6/11/2015.
RE: Do you have an innovative church designed to share?
North Point Community Church (Andy Stanley’s church) emphasizes their children’s programs and seeks to keep their worship spaces smaller to build community. What they have done is to build large facilities for kids and families to worship together and they built two mirrored sanctuaries (back to back) to all space for kids and their families to grow and learn together ( you can learn more about their children’s programs in Deep and Wide) and the worship facilities are small enough to accommodate people without the feeling of the space being overly large.
I think, however, that I would include a greater space for common meeting. A very large area for gathering between services would be wonderful (I would place it between the two sanctuaries and the children areas) This space would have a large living room feel (couches, tables, circular seating) for people to congregate and build relationships
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