Healthy, groomed landscaping and ample light for night parking are primary signs of life. Parking should be conveniently distributed around the larger church facility for close access to various areas of the building serving different functions.
It is especially important to have parking in front of the building—a primary way to show people and activity as another sign of life. Ample parking usually requires parking spaces at a ratio of 2.5 people per vehicle.
The main entry to the church facility should be evident at the front of the complex when people enter the church site. A drive-through canopy and glass doors are important additional signs of life.
There should be a greeter outside the entry doors welcoming the people—another great sign of life and good impression. The greeter should assist people into the building, and direct visitors to a welcome center in the main foyer with a host and hostess at the center trained to meet each one’s unique needs. Remember, you only have one opportunity to make a good first impression.