Assets not burdens: Using church property to accelerate mission
In our last newsletter we shared about how Révérend Graham Singh has taken the issue of closing church buildings head on. Through the Trinity Centres Foundation he has realised that with a bit of strategy and innovation, even our most seemingly problematic buildings present huge potential.
This article struck a chord with many. To expand upon this topic, as our resource for this newsletter, we are sharing a study created by The Centre for Theology and Community, based in an Anglo-Catholic Resource Church called St George-in-the-East, Shadwell, London, entitled ‘Assets Not Burdens: Using church property to accelerate mission’.
In this report, Tim Thorlby gives an in depth look into how churches use their buildings. An ecumenical study across denominations in the UK, the findings conclude that ‘church buildings (in England) are underused and the need for an enterprise-based approach to the management of these assets’ is needed. The statistics found are a wake-up call for the under-utilised asset that these buildings are – with church halls empty 57% of the week, church worship spaces empty 69% of the week, and church meeting rooms empty 75% of the week. Increased lettings could bring in an additional £64,000 per church per year on average. That would enable much more ministry!
With numerous case studies, lessons learned, and recommendations of how these models can be rolled out on a wider scale, this article is very encouraging in uncovering the potential these spaces present and how buildings can truly become assets, not burdens.
Click here to download this study: Assets not Burdens