“In him the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord; in whom you also are built together spiritually into a dwelling place for God.” —Ephesians 2:17-22
The landscape of American Protestant churches is dynamic. Ranging from simple country meeting houses, to elaborately ornamented historic churches, and theaters converted into worship sites, approaches to art and architecture across Protestant denominations are as widely varied as the traditions of each community.
When we think about beauty in houses of worship, stained glass, murals and statuary may come to mind, but architectural elements encompass the walls themselves, which may bear simple or elaborate two-dimensional motifs like stenciling, or three-dimensional ornament such as molding, ribs, and capitals.
Clarity, integrity, and harmony are principles of sound ecclesiastical decoration, applicable to any denomination. Well-considered ecclesiastical artistry programs are guided by the architecture, historic precedent, and liturgical tradition.