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Your church buildings provide a base of operations and physical identity for ministry in your community to help your church achieve the objectives God has put on your plate. We assist churches of all sizes and ministry styles to be more effective in ministry through strategic facility planning and use.

Churches of all Types

Church Architecture works with BGCT churches of all types: traditional churches, contemporary, small and large congregations, new church starts, missions, languages and cultures, cowboy churches, vaquero churches, churches that do not own but lease space, churches relocating, Baptist Associations and encampments.

The BGCT Church Architecture team provides ministry program and strategic planning services for our member churches. This service does not replace the legal requirement services provided by licensed architects, engineers, accessibility specialists and other services required by Texas state law.

The architectural plans and specifications for the construction of a church, regardless of size, must always be prepared and issued by an architect or under the effective supervision and control of an architect.

Basic Building Process Guide

A two-page information sheet (pdf) details a step-by-step process for discovering needs, planning, designing and constructing your church building. The process lists each action involved in the process, who is responsible for taking each action and outside assistance, where needed

Online FACTSheets

FACTSheets, available in English and Spanish address specific building design topics.

Church Administration/Owner Responsibility Issues

Answers for questions regarding church business related issues such as property purchase, general security, childcare security and safety issues, environmental hazards, taxable land use, property purchase, state licensed day care and other facility related issues.

Master Site Plan / Floor Plan Drawing Studies

Conceptual drawings serve as tools to help your church make good facility decisions. These plans do not replace the construction engineering drawings of an architect, but rather provide you with vital planning information on space requirements and effective building design for ministries.

Small Church Loans and Grants

More information on the Small Church Loan, Smith Loan, Small Church Matching Grant and the Disaster Relief Church Building Recovery Grant is available in Church Finances section. Loans are provided to churches that are affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas.

Information on Funding Sources for Church Building Programs

Includes discerning a building project budget relative to your church’s annual income, current indebtedness, financial capability and project type. Options include mortgage loans through the Baptist Church Loan Corp., local banks and the United We Build fund-raising program provided through the BGCT stewardship office.

Guidelines for Making Children’s Areas Safe and Accessible

Suggestions regarding the physical aspects to make existing preschool and children’s spaces safer while considering accessibility requirements. Such as, space reconfigured to move preschool classrooms to a ground floor with low pedestrian traffic, yet close to the worship center, parking areas and play areas.

Pre-Purchase Analysis of Buildings and Property

When considering the purchase of undeveloped land or existing buildings we can help. In addition to using the FACTSheets, you can meet with a consultant for assistance in evaluating property prior to purchase.