We have a responsibility to all God’s people, no matter who they are or where they live or what their life circumstances are … right? And we want nothing more than to create congregational environments that personify the highest ideals of “open hearts, open minds, open doors”… are we on the same page?
Tell all this to some churches in the Chicago area who have hired an architect to “beautify by securing” their church campuses.
I met a young, intense, fast-talking, energetic, in-demand architect from Chicago, at a Victor Allen’s coffee shop. She is currently working for fifteen different churches to “make sure that people who don’t belong, don’t try to take advantage of the church.” Without any apparent cognitive dissonance, my new friend joyfully shared her plans to “keep churches safe, secure, and visually appealing.”