Living Waters Worship Center
Located on busy highway 46 connecting Seguin and New Braunfels, Living Waters Worship Center had reached capacity for seats in the Sanctuary, children's classrooms and office space. The growth of the surrounding communities and the dynamic staff at LWWC were the catalyst. Sr. Pastor Ed Bilderback had the foresight to purchase land at every opportunity and knew God would see LWWC flourish.
Powers Goolsby worked with LWWC to create a master plan which incorporated several existing structures, a new multi-use auditorium, children's education wing, administration spaces and a 1,200 seat Sanctuary.Â The master plan calls for all of these spaces to be connected through a semi-circular lobby space with ministry areas and prayer nooks. In the initial step of the new master plan, we created a multi-use worship space with education and administrative areas. At the completion of the design, the church saw astounding growth in their children's education ministries. The committee decided to change the designed administrative spaces into new educational spaces. This allowed for the Sanctuary to be directly adjacent to many more of the youngest children, reducing concerns of new parents and young children alike.Â This facility has the ability to transition to a fellowship hall, gymnasium or youth worship facility in the future as needs evolve. As planned, it will serve as a Children's worship facility upon ultimate completion of the master plan.
While the location of LWWC is ideal, the existing facilities lacked any street presence or identity. WIth no defining elements, only a small sign and cars in the parking lotÂ on SundayÂ identified this a church. The new facilities added much needed height, color and texture to the campus. Large overhangs and a porte cochere define the main entry in line with the new and revised parking areas. Stone columns accentuate the covered entry, giving the building a tactile element. Upon entering the building, the open lobby with varied height ceilings create different spaces and areas to step out of the flow to welcome visitors or visit with other members. Other "nook" areas are set up for a portable coffee station and for children's check in desks and kiosks. A large Texas limestone wall and signage punctuate the sanctuary entries, allowing people to Â immediately identify their destination. Entering the sanctuary, the eye is immediately drawn towards the stage and ultimately to the suspended cross, placing all focus on the Lord.