After growing from a five-family congregation in 1996 to a 600-family congregation in 2000, River Pointe Community Church purchased a 93-acre site and hired Houston-based Kirksey to design a 32,000 sf worship center and develop a master plan for future growth. In June 2005, Kirksey completed Phase One, which includes a multi-use 1,400-seat worship building with office space and a 6,000-sf youth. River Pointe challenged the design team to create an inviting location that would appeal to the existing community of 600 families as well as non-church goers in the area. Designers developed a master plan that evokes an urban village with tightly interwoven buildings, landscape and pathways, reinforcing a sense of community among the congregation. Given the church’s track record for exponential growth, the long range planning vision also incorporates an eventual 5,000-seat final worship space at the terminus of the westward expansion of the campus.