Theology

What kinds of floor plans for the nave of a worship space encourage fellowship?

Overhead view of a radiating floor plan

We do not attend Divine services primarily for individual worship and devotion. Neither a person’s exclusive nor private interest is a celebrant’s concern. We frequent the sanctuary not only to assist one another in faith, but also to corporately worship, bonding more fully into a body of believers. The worship space should be designed so we can sense oneness. Generally common worship involves people meeting together as a single body to receive God’s blessings and to respond with praises through canticles, hymns, and psalms. The concentric floor-plan and radiating floor-plan as opposed to the longitudinal plan are layouts that encourage oneness within the worshiping body.

Side view of a radiating floor plan