The Burpo family experienced a miracle that resulted in the book and now the movie, “Heaven is for Real”.
That miracle is bringing a lot of attention to the Crossroads Wesleyan Church in Imperial, Nebraska. (heavenisforreal.net) Anticipating a new wave of attention, Pastor Todd Burpo and Executive Pastor Phil Harris, knew this opportunity meant updating their sanctuary to make sure it was a very welcoming place. A few years ago, they had expanded the church’s footprint with a large multiple purpose room, additional offices and classrooms because their ministry required those spaces. But now the vintage pews and dated lighting had to go; their story and their ministry was far more dynamic than their worship space.
Design became real. (more…)
Youth Ministry Worship Center, Lifestream Church, Allendale MI
Recently, r.o.i. Design was interviewing with Kentwood Community Church for the opportunity to help them design their new Wyoming satellite. We were invited by elevate Studio (*) to partner with their firm for this project. During the interview, we heard ourselves describing our work in church design.
” r.o.i. Design is known for hospitality and retail design. We describe our work for resorts as a collaboration with owners to create places that rest, restore and inspire.
We have been asked to design many other kinds of places. Businesses come to us because of their desire to make the workplace a more natural and appealing place, to enhance team performance.
Designing places of worship is a natural progression from hospitality and workplace; creating appealing places that inspire and support personal change. It is the ultimate retail design, motivating visitors to make choices that can change their lives”
Mars Hill Bible Church Youth Worship
r.o.i. Design has been privileged to work with several churches and religious organization in our community, including but not limited to, Mars Hill Bible Church, Apostolic Christian Church on Thornapple River Dr, United Methodist Conference, Springhill Camp, Life Stream Church(**) and now Crossroads Church in Imperial, Nebraska and Kentwood Community Church/Wyoming Campus.
Carved Altar of Holy Spirit Church, Grand Rapids MI
r.o.i. Design, incorporated in 1993, formerly was the design department of Designers Workshop, an AWI custom architectural wood shop who had made furniture for worship and public space environments. We worked with a variety of architectural firms to create designs that enhanced their designs of spaces.
(*) Elevate Studio, Steve Fridsma and Jim VanderMolen, Principals. Both Steve and Jim were formally of Progressive Architecture where they headed the Religious and Church Design Division.
(**) Life Stream Church engaged r.o.i. Design as design leads for the remodeling of the former Allendale Middle School. For more photos of that project please click here.
Lifestream Church, Allendale MI
We released this press release April 19, 2012 to Regional Media
A Vision of Sustainability in Allendale Michigan
Life Stream Church converts Middle School to Church Center
A few years ago Life Stream Church, then called Allendale Wesleyan Church, started on a revitalized journey. They were renting the Allendale High School Fine Arts Auditorium for worship services, and for four years, faithfully set up “church” in that space. They gathered, on average, between 300 – 350 people every Sunday with active mid-week youth and adult programs.
Looking for more than a year at property to buy in order to build a church and expand their program in the Allendale area, they stopped their search after touring the vacant Allendale middle school. (more…)