Design & Construction

A Buyer’s Guide to Seating for Worship Spaces

Mount Paran Church of God -- Atlanta, GA

Worship Facilities spoke with four well-known seating providers and experts to offer an overview of the best fixed and non-fixed seating products on the market today, and hopefully help make this important choice a little simpler.


Rachel Dawn Hayes  ·  March 19, 2018

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In looking at the typical brick-and-mortar church and its participants–the heartbeat is usually corporate worship. Community outreach, children’s and student ministries, global missions, and so on, are sparked and sustained by a church’s core mission of gathering together to worship. Weekend in and weekend out, seats in a church’s worship space facilitate that purpose—and often many other purposes throughout the week. Therefore, the decisions surrounding the selection of seating are among the most important a church’s leadership team will make.

Worship Facilities spoke with four well-known seating providers and experts to offer an overview of the best fixed and non-fixed seating products on the market today, and hopefully help make this important choice a little simpler.

Fixed Seats

Fixed seating continues to be available in the form of a pew, but more often than not, churches are choosing individual fixed chairs or theater seats. “The self-lifting seat has always been the key to greater traffic flow, greater seat capacity and better use of the worship area foot print,” says Ron Ogden, president of Worship Space Advisors, an independent consulting firm that helps churches identify products that best meet their needs. 

The VERA from SERIES Seating

The VERA is designed with the most streamlined seat envelope in the industry and specifically for the worship setting. Its efficient design allows for more seats per row without violating building codes. The Vera also comes without intermediate arm dividers, delivering more personal space and privacy.

The VERA was installed in Southwest Baptist Seminary’s 3,400-seat chapel in Fort Worth, Texas, which was designed to serve the community as well as the school by doubling as a premier performing arts space. Decision makers wanted a seat that would maximize capacity, optimize traffic flow, and provide the quality and performance expectations of a first class concert hall. The absence of arm dividers provides more individual space at the hips and elbows, greater personal privacy, and ultimately increases seat capacity.

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