"Akron Plan" churches

I mentioned “Akron Plan” churches earlier, and wanted to explain. Here’s a quick description from

the New Jersey Churchscape website:

I was led to the story of a Methodist Episcopal church in Akron, Ohio that was built in 1866-1870, designed by George Kramer but with the plan specified by the church’s Sunday School Superintendent, Lewis Miller. It seems Miller wanted flexible space that would provide small meeting rooms for the Sunday School classes, which could open up into the regular auditorium so the classes might participate in a portion of the regular services. Sunday School students, sorted by age, would enter their classrooms and Miller would begin with a prayer and scripture reading; the shutters would then be closed and the day’s lessons would proceed. At the end of the lessons, the doors would be reopened and the concluding part of the general session would be available to all.

Indeed, at the First Christian Church, Athens, Georgia, the classroom doors remind me of a roll-top desk. Now, I don’t approve of auditorium religion, but I do like the best use of space in a church.

Another site: from “American Religious Buildings”

Is your church on the Akron Plan? Does it “work” today? Please leave a note in the comments.

One Reply to “"Akron Plan" churches”

  1. I grew up in an Akron plan church, Branchville United Methodist Church, Branchville, SC. This building celebrated its 100th anniversary during the spring of 2004. It is still in use and in very good condition.

    St. Paul United Methodist Church in Orangeburg, SC is also still in use. The sanctuary is still as it was when built in the early 1900s, however the Akron plant Sunday School building has been divided into individual classrooms.

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