Pathway Church – Goddard Campus
Building on the success of its first campus in West Wichita, Pathway Church set out to open a second location in the growing community of Goddard, KS. With the help of the architect, they were able to create a vibrant, energetic building to house their diverse and growing congregation.
According to Executive Pastor Larry Wren, “The challenge we faced was that the way we do ‘church’ had changed significantly in the past ten years. We weren’t talking about stained glass, steeples, pews, organs or carpet. We were talking about an industrial look, a simple look, a look that would facilitate our mission of helping people ‘follow Jesus in community for others.'”
The facility is unique in that it was designed with young families and children in mind. The efficient plan includes a children’s wing known as “The Neighborhood” that can be accessed from a secure, central corridor. The classrooms and corridor are adorned with uniquely themed “neighborhood” graphics (a library, theatre, ballpark, etc.) designed in-house by the architect. One of the classrooms, “The Ballpark,” is a reinforced tornado safe room. A separate youth space, designed with modern graphics and finishes, houses billiards, video games and a variety of lounge seating.
A black box worship space, with state of the art audio and video systems, can be opened to the fellowship lobby via a garage door. The chairs in the worship space are movable giving the room great flexibility for student ministries at other times during the week.
Since opening in June of 2015, the new campus has already been a huge success. “We held our first services with a record attendance of more than 900, and overall we’ve seen a 40% increase in weekly attendance at the Goddard Campus, since the new facility opened,” Wren said. He continues, “Our architects have been an integral part of creating this new tool for ministry. As our partners, they understand that the building ‘facilitates’ ministry; that it’s not for those who are already here, but rather, for those who have yet to come.”