S 118 The Gate of Heaven: How Church Buildings Speak of God

What, if anything, can the church, through its physical presence, contribute to contemporary culture? Our church buildings are preaching all the time, but their message rarely matches our theology.

This outstanding study reflects on the importance of space to human community, Scripture's ambivalence about buildings, and the practical challenges for local churches, and offers creative and concrete ideas for enabling church buildings to communicate more effectively what we believe.
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Author: Nigel Walter

Nigel Walter is an architect based in Cambridge; his practice, Archangel, works extensively with churches. Nigel blogs at, a site which provides practical resources to help you make the best use of your church buildings, and which includes supplementary material for this booklet. He is married to Louise and they have three children. He has other lives as a counsellor and an amateur thespian.

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