CROSSROADS BAPTIST CHURCH
As a congregation with
several active ministries participating in their neighborhood of northwest San
Antonio, TX, Crossroads Baptist Church was looking to expand their campus to
accommodate local community needs as much as their own. Their vision was to
provide a space for programs capable of meeting the needs and desires of all
age groups – from preschoolers to senior adults. In collaboration with Powers
Goolsby Architects, a new multipurpose community recreation and ministry building
was designed to achieve Crossroads’ aspirations. The resulting facility offers amenities
including a gymnasium, classrooms, ministerial offices, a kitchen and lounge.
The multipurpose-use gymnasium serves both the church’s recreation ministry and community sports leagues. The facility boasts a four-lane walking/jogging track around a high school regulation basketball court. It also houses a volleyball court, and large restrooms with showering facilities for use after a rigorous game or training session. In addition to offering respite from physical activity, the shower facilities offer refuge and relief during disasters – an important mission undertaken by Crossroads as they weren’t able to offer adequate reprieve to refugees after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. They are now sufficiently equipped for future emergencies. Adjacent to the gymnasium is ample storage for chairs, tables and a portable stage. When not being used for exercise, fitness or other recreation, the gym transforms into an additional worship space for congregation members, or entertainment space for both the church and community alike.
Large classrooms serve as educational and break-out spaces for fellowship and study. The full-size kitchen is well-equipped to host a variety of activities, and supplies a coffee bar for refreshments. The adjacent lounge is located just inside the building’s main entrance, and serves as a spot for either quiet relaxation or lively discussion. Windows within the lounge area offer views to the church’s 100+ year-old Heritage Tree. Circulation to the building’s program elements wraps around this significant element, and the tree is showcased so that it is constantly visible to visitors as they make their way through the building. A children’s playground lies just beyond the Heritage Tree, allowing parents and caregivers to keep a watchful eye over their own legacy as they enjoy a cup of coffee and conversation.
With family and fellowship being a significant element of Crossroads’ mission, the new facility serves as an excellent means of neighborly outreach into the community, while allowing their ministries to grow.