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Working with Churches

We have developed master plans and built facilities for over 100 churches. Each client is different. They come to us with different priorities, histories, needs, and organizational structures. Each church community has a unique spiritual character and calling. Some communities look for alternative, informal, or hi-tech settings to gather and worship in a contemporary atmosphere; other churches seek a reverent and sacred space in which to celebrate the Liturgy. We do not impose a predetermined architectural style on our clients’ projects.


We take a church’s specific mission to heart and endeavor to participate in any project as a ministry partner: one who provides built facilities that are inspired by the church’s mission, equipping her to fulfill her unique calling. Some clients prefer to direct the course of a project in a small leadership group; others prefer a high degree of membership-base involvement. We are equipped to coordinate the workshops, focus groups, surveys and presentations necessary for a wide range of design process approaches.




We get to know each church client's unique spirituality and mission intimately to thoroughly understand their needs rather than simply translating a wish list to a design solution.


We are in the business of creating high-impact and high-quality environments on a budget to maximize beauty and functionality, while minimizing both the impact on the environment and the price tag.


We solicit broad and diverse input and offer engagement at many levels to suit different church and project leadership structures. A healthy process will engage, strengthen and integrate your community.


We work tirelessly to maintain
ongoing operations and respect
our clients’ schedules.
We understand the importance of church calendar milestones and the pressure of ministry needs.


Working in close partnership with all team members, we capitalize on the individual and collective strengths available to each church and orchestrate them in service of the project at hand. 


Visualizing a beautiful design before it gets built is essential to energizing your membership. We help craft a vision that is rooted in our clients' mission, and then deliver the highest quality graphics to support it.

We Are Your Full-Service Ministry Partner


We understand what it takes to design and construct every aspect of a successful church building from the inside-out. The FGMA staff has the hands-on experience to address any need presented by our clients’ program requirements and to guide the design process toward the best flexible and long-term solutions.

Expert Interiors

  • 2 Registered Interior Designers on staff w/ 50 years combined experience

  • Specialization in New Materials and Industry Pricing

  • Designing & Specifying to Price-point, saving you time and money over the duration of a project

  • Turn-key Furniture Selection & Procurement Solutions

Liturgical Consulting

  • Liturgical Design Consultant on staff

  • Specialization in Church Art & Furnishings Design and Coordination

Planning & Functionality Expertise

  • Precision Planning to match program scope with budget and phasing options

  • Expert Analysis of demographics, growth patterns, operations, and projecting an itemized timeline of future needs

  • Functional Adjacencies based on Usage & Operations

  • Outdoor Rooms formed between buildings are the cheapest cost/SF ministry spaces

  • Specification of Durable Finish Materials and Energy-Efficient Systems for lifespan

Top-notch Media for Your Fundraising

Clarity and Excellence in Communication Design

  • Range of Styles for Renderings

  • Phase-differentiated & Realistic Color Masterplan Drawings

  • Virtual Fly-through Videos

Sustainability & Technology

  • 3 LEED Accredited Professionals on staff

  • Focus on lifespan energy efficiency and ROI for building systems

  • BIM (Building Information Modeling) technology coordinates all building systems in 3D

  • Proactive ongoing education in emerging construction technologies

Acoustics & Audio/ Visual/ Lighting Technology

  • Hands-on Management of AVL Systems Design

  • Extensive work with Acoustical Consultants

Graphic Design & Visual Communication

  • Graphic Designer on staff

  • Logo & Branding Services for Print, Web and Architectural Signage

Project Management Structure

Single Point-of-Contact  for the duration of your project – no passing off from department to department.

  • better follow-through on initial design concepts

  • staff loyalty & enthusiasm for the project

  • staff efficiency through continuity – no learning curves

  • owner confidence through team familiarity

Our Church Design Approach


Authenticity arises from a design that is rooted in your mission. Our desire is to help your mission bear fruit.

CHURCH'S MISSION – Your mission statement defines your unique identity and purpose and is foundational for all aspects of growth and planning.


STRATEGIC MINISTRY PLAN – A strategic plan identifies priorities, goals, and methods for realizing your mission, based on collective input of the stakeholders.


‘BIG PICTURE’ DESIGN CONCEPTS – A set of principal core concepts authentically based on your mission will initiate, define, and guide the entire facility design process.


FACILITIES MASTER PLAN – A facilities master plan utilizes all available knowledge of your history and goals to integrate all anticipated needs.


SPECIFIC DESIGN SOLUTION – Our design translates the planning work and design concepts into a cohesive set of proven solutions that balance the needs and constraints of the project, ultimately laying a foundation that will support the flourishing of your mission.

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