Many Christians believe that when the visual arts, including architecture, are used in worship, they should be directed toward two goals:
- glorifying the triune God
- serving the worship needs of the neighbor
While many will agree on these two goals and a number of principles derived from them, they may not always agree on their specific application. Christian believers advocate the very best use of their sanctified reason and aesthetic judgment, but they also recognize that God has given no absolute specific applications.
Consequently, this is an area where Christians may operate with some responsible freedom. Loving persuasion and guidance are more helpful than legalistic insistence. At the same time, wise Christians seek and value the judgment and direction of those God has gifted with a sense of good aesthetics and experience in applying the visual arts in worship.
The following discussions will serve as a guide for congregations pursuing new or remodeled worship structures.