Having undergone a recent expansion and renovation of their existing space, Brightmoor had three clear goals: create opportunities for member engagement, help energize existing youth programs with dedicated space, and develop a new worship center.
WFM Staff · October 31, 2017
Brightmoor Christian Church doesn’t hide its light.
True to its name, the church shines bright as a beacon of welcome to the community.
Having undergone a recent expansion and renovation of their existing space, Brightmoor had three clear goals: create opportunities for member engagement, help energize existing youth programs with dedicated space, and develop a new worship center to support its growing congregation and stateof-the-art services.
Working with Progressive AE, a full-service architecture and engineering firm and national leader in worship design, Brightmoor set out on a journey to change the way the church was seen by the community, and better support their mission and growth. “Our goal was to design a building that supported Brightmoor’s ministry, but was also eye-catching and visually stimulating,” says John Van Houten, practice leader at Progressive AE. “Understanding the needs of the church, as well as future aspirations, was critical to their success.” The result is an 86,000-square-foot expansion and renovation that meets the needs and supports the future of this thriving church.
“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.” (Matthew 5:14-15, “Sermon on the Mount”) Located in Novi, Michigan, along M-5 which is a major thoroughfare that runs southeast to Detroit, Brightmoor leadership knew they had an opportunity to highlight their presence to those passing by. The old building was traditional brick with small windows and little to no visibility into the building’s interior. Additionally, there was no signifying structure or sign that quickly and easily let people know the building was a church. “People driving by thought we were just a school, or worse, an office building,” said Gary Jonna, chairperson of Brightmoor’s building committee.