Aesthetics and acoustics used to be the cornerstones of church construction. Today, these concepts are still important, but rising crime rates have added another one: security.
Not long ago, a pastor noticed one of his church's four-wheeled dollies had been loaded with expensive sound equipment and was sitting beside a propped-open door. When he looked out the door, a van abruptly sped away. This happened on a normal weekday, while church employees were in the building.
Criminals would find it just as easy to walk into the average church office on a weekday, hold a weapon to a staffer's head, and start making demands.
The days of confidently unlocking the church in the morning and leaving it open all day have passed—if they ever truly existed. If you're planning to remodel, expand, or even build a new church building, it's time to make some design decisions that can improve the safety of the people around you and protect the assets you steward.