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The Little Steel Church in the Vale

7 Reasons So Many Small Churches Choose to Build with Steel

Large or small, many religious congregations choose to build a steel church. However, pre-engineered metal buildings offer several advantages smaller churches especially appreciate.

Small Churches in America

Tan steel church building with brick trim and white steepleAccording to the Hartford Institute for Religion Research, 350,000 religious congregations meet regularly in the U.S.

Although mega-churches (defined as having over 3,000 members) capture the lion’s share of media attention, clearly small churches represent the backbone of worshiping in America today. Almost 60% of worshipers attend churches with less than 100 members.

Regardless of the size of the congregation, constructing a new church building is a serious matter.

Seven Reasons to Build a Steel Church

People of faith place good stewardship as a cornerstone of any church building project. That’s why pre-engineered steel buildings (PEMBs) appeal to so many budget-conscious churches.

PEMBs win over church building committees for the following seven reasons:


Stewardship demands churches use funds wisely. No congregation wants to sacrifice ministry effectiveness or community outreach projects for an over-priced building project.

Economical pre-engineered metal buildings typically save parishioners thousands of dollars over conventional construction. They find the church gets more per building fund dollar with a steel building system.

PEMBs erect much faster than other building methods. RHINO steel buildings cut construction time by about 33%. Faster construction saves money on labor. And speedy building means the congregation will be enjoying services in their new facility even sooner.

Infographic shows 9 Reasons Churches Choose to Build Green with Steel BuildingsIf talented contractors belong to the congregation, the church members may volunteer to do all or part of the construction themselves, saving even more money on the building project.


A steel church is easier on a house of worship’s operating budget, too.

Properly insulated PEMBs slash church utility costs. The deep wall cavities created by rigid steel buildings provides room for extra-thick insulation. Premium insulation systems, like the Pro-Value Insulation package from RHINO Steel Building Systems, cut heating and cooling expenses by about 50%.

As an added benefit, the thicker insulation also reduces distracting outside traffic noise from penetrating the building.

Metal churches enjoy extra protection from lightning, wind, earthquakes, mold, and premature aging, too.

The fire resistance of commercial-grade steel garners significant discounts with most insurance companies— another savings for the operating budget of a house of worship.

A steel church building requires very little maintenance. Metal buildings do not require frequent repainting and repairs— or messy, costly termite treatments.


A PEMB system is very versatile, capable of creating amazingly attractive church sanctuaries and support buildings.

Size, height, and style are almost unlimited with a PEMB system.

Colorful steel panels, brick, stone, glass, tilt-up concrete, stucco, or wood may grace the exterior. Once completed, no one can tell the church hides a heart of steel.


A steel church building allows wide, open space. Lofty ceilings and clear span structures from 60-feet to 300-feet in width create an inspiring sanctuary or support structure for any.


With the highest strength-to-weight ratio of any construction material, steel allows all religious structure designs to meet or exceed all local building codes.

Point loads for heavy crosses, bell towers, or steeples will be included in the steel church design. Extra strength for massive roof-mounted air conditioning and heating units can also be accommodated, if required.


Stewardship of resources demands a look toward the future, too. A church constructed with a PEMB assures economical later expansion as the congregation grows.

Steel buildings retain their value better than other types of structures. That’s important, should the need arise to move the church to a different location and sell the existing structure.


A congregation concerned with preserving natural resources loves PEMBs.

Steel is the most recycled material in the world. Unlike other materials, steel is recycled endless times without losing any strength.

The Best Steel Church is a RHINO Steel Church

A new church building project usually requires the services of an architect. However, a PEMB system eliminates the need for an engineer. The price of the steel building package includes all structural engineering.

A RHINO steel church structure creates a tight, long-lasting, draft-free building envelope.

RHINO steel buildings meet the needs for many religious campus structures, including:

  • Administrative offices
  • Audio/video centers
  • Bus garages
  • Choir rehearsal halls
  • Classrooms
  • Conference rooms
  • Day care centers
  • Fellowship halls
  • Gymnasiums
  • Mailing and shipping centers
  • Parochial school buildings
  • Sanctuaries
  • Youth centers
  • Other miscellaneous axillary ministry structures

Regardless of the size and scope of the church building project, ministries find they reap far more building for the money sowed with an economical RHINO steel building.

Speak to a RHINO PEMB specialist now. Discuss your project in detail. Call RHINO at 940.383.9566 for a fast, friendly, free estimate for your sanctuary or other religious building project.