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Artists should always think of themselves as cosmic instruments for storytelling.

Ted Lange
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Stories are light. Light is precious in a world so dark. Begin at the beginning. Tell a story. Make some light.

Kate DiCamillo, The Tale of Despereaux
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Archives: Mel McGowan

About Mel McGowan

Mel combined his background in film and design during a decade long stint at the Walt Disney Company. Post-Disney, he has led teams which have won multiple Solomon Awards for “Best Church Architect,” and “Best Builder” and is the author of Design Intervention.

Community – 7 Days A Week

Imagine if, instead of building a church campus, a church developed the new town center for its community—a place that would serve people both inside and outside the church seven days a week, drawing the community together for generations to […]

Telling Powerful Stories Through Church Design

I can’t believe that once upon a time, a maverick pastor made the connection between destination design and church architecture, and hired me, placing me on a holy roller-coaster ride around the world and back several times. Even more impressively, […]

Learning From an Immersive Experience of Poverty

When I first heard what Children’s Hunger Fund (CHF), a Christian nonprofit in California, wanted to accomplish by creating a fully-immersive experience that would bring visitors face-to-face with the reality of poverty, I was more than a little excited.   […]

Vibrant Church Rebrands & Rebuilds

Imagine if a small church in the rolling hills of central Pennsylvania could pick up the torch from William Penn’s “Holy Experiment” through the development of a postmodern village green. Vibrant Church, previously known as Capital Area Christian Church, has […]

Grace for the City: Building for the City

We’re really wanting to build something that blesses our community in a unique and intelligent way economically, culturally, relationally—a place where people want to be.” Pastor Josh McPherson is leading a thriving Acts 29 church plant in rural Washington with […]