New Facilities Breathe Life into Aging Congregation

February 9, 2015

Like most things in life, churches also have a life cycle that they will go through. Often times, we get hired to help churches that have an aging population and are on the downward side of their life cycle. First Baptist Lafayette, LA is one such church. With their adult population in the church nearing 70%, they had to take some intentional steps to begin more effectively reaching younger families and hopefully resetting the clock on their growth cycle.

post1-imageSoon after the church had hired a younger pastor in 2007, MG+A developed a master plan to help implement this strategy. The first phase included the demolition of a 1950’s children’s building and the construction of a new 2 story Children’s/Youth Facility. This first phase also included a large central Commons area that provided a clear and welcoming connection to the existing facilities. Phase 2, which will finish up later this year, expands the Commons and replaces a very dated Fellowship/Education building.

While statistics don’t tell us everything, they certainly give us an indication that the strategy is working – the percentage of Preschool/Children has shifted from 20% to 30% of the population in this short time period and overall attendance is significantly higher. It’s projects like these that are very rewarding to be a part of as we get to play a role in this transformation!