Retreating the megachurch
Master of Architecture
As a model of corporate worship, the megachurch is seen as a production oriented and hyper-programmed ministry. The megachurch is also considered to be a community oriented venue. Yet, because of its spectacle nature, the megachurch carries over many of the social ills that are common-thread in a perpetually entertained culture. As an entertainment oriented venue the megachurch has arguably increased the need for a place of private worship that emphasizes silence and solitude. The major dilemma found within a church made up of over 2,000 congregates is how to create new or strengthen existing relationships among its members. Through an examination of private worship I have proposed a retreat center focused on accommodating private worship for the individual and community development for the existing groups within the megachurch. The retreat center's focus is for those seeking a short-stay spiritual refuge.
Religion; Architecture; Philosophy, religion and theology; Communication and the arts