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Mel McGowan

Mel McGowan, an Outreach magazine contributing editor, is the co-founder and chief creative principal of PlainJoe Studios, a multidisciplinary design firm focused on storytelling from branding to building. Mel combined his background in film and urban design during a decade long stint at the Walt Disney Company. Post-Disney, Mel founded and served as the president of Visioneering Studios, where he developed and led a team that won several Solomon Awards for “Best Church Architect” and “Best Builder.” At Plain Joe Studios, Mel focuses on strategic branding, multimedia, and spatial storytelling/architecture for companies and causes around the world. Mel speaks extensively on the intersection of story and space and is the author of Design Intervention: Revolutionizing Sacred Space. Mel also serves as an adjunct professor at CBU’s College of Architecture, Visual Arts and Design.

How New Vintage Church Is Redeeming a Classic Downtown Theater

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New Vintage is bringing The Ritz back to life in the heart of downtown Escondido, California.

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Telling Powerful Stories Through Church Design

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If we communicate God’s story with excellence and integrity, lives will change. This includes storytelling through church design.

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Learning From an Immersive Experience of Poverty

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Children’s Hunger Fund brings donors face-to-face with the realities of global poverty through The Poverty Encounter.

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Grace for the City: Building for the City

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Blessing the Community Economically, Culturally, Relationally.

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Storytelling in 3 Dimensions

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There is power in allowing people to enter stories and touching their hearts and emotions.

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Transforming Cities and People: The Orchard Develops Urban Space for Church and Community

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“What if a space could revitalize a community, inspire the human spirit and foster connections?”

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Northern Lights Above LA: California Church’s New Design Shines as a City on a Hill

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“We’ve succeeded in creating a warm and welcoming environment that honors God in all the details.”

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Florida Church Looks to Re-Create the Lost Vision of Eden in Disney’s Backyard

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“We never really dreamt about becoming large. We dreamt about being a force of transformation.”

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Church Renews Its Discipleship Strategy, Story and Space—With Immediate Results

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“They felt like Sage Hills was a place they were allowed to go. They’re getting plugged in, and we’re really excited about it.”

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A Community Oasis: Montana Church Opens Water Park

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“How can we use our church property intentionally to bless our surrounding community seven days a week?”

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