The great commission of church landscapes
Hufnagel, Sean Michael
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In response to the current lack of ecological responsibility and social function within outdoor spaces surrounding megachurches, the following research investigates how megachurch landscapes can become environmentally responsible, mission-oriented ministry tools. This research presents a justification found in Genesis Scriptures for Christians to steward the earth and allow nature itself to play a role in spiritual revelation. Through collection and coding of mission statements from fifty of the largest Protestant churches in the United States, a framework reveals six ministry concerns toward: the Public, Christians, Appeal, Common Good, God and Self. Connecting these mission concerns to a survey of contemporary landscape architecture projects featured in Landscape Architecture magazine reveals landscape architecture’s potential to repurpose church landscapes into biblically relevant, mission oriented, and environmentally responsible community assets.