"From a planning point of view the Church is introverted. It complements itself instead of complementing the community."
Jack DeBartolo II, FAIA is a world-renowned architect who has been an active architect for over 50 years. His roots go back to the founding of Anderson DeBartolo Pan, Inc. and his father-son private practice, DeBartolo Architects. In this interview Jack discusses the things he's learned from working as an architect for churches, intentionally creating community, facility utilization, finding sacredness in buildings, and he gives us his encouragement to young pastors and architects as they look ahead.
"Pastors are starting to realize, 'I've just built a building for X-million-dollars, I'm paying the environmental costs, the air-conditioning, the electricity, the development of the site, not to mention the parking lot, and [our church] is using it maybe 10% of the available time.'"
Jack DeBartolo 3, AIA is the Principal Architect for DeBartolo Architects, where he has extensive experience designing churches, institutions, educational facilities and residential housing. He also serves as a professor at Arizona State University's graduate architectural program. In this interview Jack talks about genuine architecture, the relationship between architecture and the Church, adaptive reuse in church buildings, collaboration with church buildings, competition in the Church, sharing ideas, and the shift from mega church to community. You won't want to miss Jack's thoughtful and relevant insights.
We have interviewed pastors and leaders from all over the United States asking them pointed questions about the current status of the Church, effective methodologies for evangelism, outreach, spiritual growth, apologetics, and how the body of Christ can become more unified. In short, we are challenging the status quo. We believe that the world desperately needs the unconditional love of Jesus Christ, but the world will be hard-pressed to give Christianity even a chance if His Church isn't loving, isn't unified, and isn't living proof that God so loved the world that He gave His only Son. Our faith compels us to think deeper about how we can make a difference in the Future of the Church.