Supporting local church congregations as they consider or embark upon church development projects - providing information, advice and support for some of the key preparation stages of a church development project.
This work is rooted in an understanding that church buildings are for sharing with everyone, of all ages and abilities, for worship and nurture of Christian faith, for cultural events, community and learning activities, for welcoming strangers, and for telling the story of people and place.
Our focus is upon:
- Encouraging and empowering congregations and communities to resource, manage and maintain their buildings in environmentally and financially sustainable ways
- Building upon what is already happening
- Stimulating local vision
- Signposting sources for information and advice.
Professional and practical help is aimed at empowering communities to manage their own church buildings effectively and avoiding church buildings becoming ‘closed for public worship’ where there is another viable option. We do not manage individual development projects: rather, we provide help and advice to those involved with local churches to develop their own capacity to manage and to apply directly to particular funding sources.