I grew up out in the sandhills of eastern NM. I thought it might be fun to list some of the things we did, and why, and for you to post some of the things you did or do and why. We had no sanctuary. We had an auditorium. We spoke that way because each believer is the temple of the Holy Spirit. God doesn't dwell in buildings. We learned not to run in the church not because it was "God's house" but because you just didn't run indoors. We didn't have altar calls because we had no altar. Baptists didn't have altars since Jesus has already made the final sacrifice and there are no sacrifices remaining to be made. We had invitations instead. The pulpit was front and center because we believed the preaching of the Word was the main thing in the services. They were not considered worship services, but rather preaching services. Worship was something you did privately. We had a morning evangelistic service and an evening service for the edification of the saints. The pulpit was heavy and strong and large signifying the importance of the sermon. We expected the pastor to stay up there roughly behind it. Had he made a point to dress just like the attenders, dispense with the pulpit, and preach from down in the aisle we would have thought he was communicating that he wasn't giving us "thus sayeth the Lord" but rather his opinions. We had a big baptistry up front, never hidden behind a screen, signifying salvation was the main event. There was a smaller table down front for when we held the Lord's Supper. It's relative smallness indicated it was an ordinance and that we were not sacramental. You don't see these things in most Baptist churches around this neck of the woods anymore. The praise team's instruments dominate the front of the church, which is now referred to as a stage. I guess maybe we want folks to know when they enter that the music is now the main thing. We refer to the services as worship services, implying that to worship one must be with others and in a special building. We even refer to the singing, that used to be for the proclamation of the gospel also, as "worship." We refer to the main hall as a sanctuary, which carries with the idea that somehow God dwells inside that special space. It is interesting to study a bit of history in regards to church buildings and furnishings. Before the Reformation the "sacraments" were the big deal. The Reformation brought the pulpit and preaching front and center. We went from a priest dispensing elements as the way of communicating the gospel to the sermon or thinking being how we connect to God. Now we seem to be moving to relying on music to engender emotions to connect to God. The building we had was very simple intentionally. It wasn't "God's house" but rather a place to meet together. It's very simplicity--no stained glass, no soaring ceilings, no ornate altar was intended to communicate the simplicity of salvation in Jesus Christ. "Baptist" wasn't a religion, it was a local church or community of believers working together for the spread of the gospel and salvation of the lost. Now, we may have been right about those things or we may have been dead wrong about them. But that IS what we were trying to say. If someone totally unfamiliar with Baptists attended your church tomorrow, what would be their impressions? Would your building and furnishings communicate what you are trying to communicate? Have you thought through the implications of how you build the building and furnish it? What are your goals in that regard, and how do you communicate them?