June 15, 2016

Vital Practices Digest: 5 Resources on Re-Thinking Buildings


In the June Vital Practices Digest, we offer 5 resources for re-thinking the purpose and use of your church buildings, with the 5th a resource to help in developing year-round stewardship in your congregation.

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1. Being at the Edge

St. John’s vestry faced tough decisions about their future. “Being at the Edge” describes the discernment process that led to their decision to let go of their church building, but continue as a congregation.



2. Tenants and Friends

Tenants and Friends” shares how St. Mary’s is experimenting with other ways to offer their space by going beyond the typical landlord/tenant relationship to something more complex that adds to the life of their church.



3. Lawn Mowers, Leaky Pipes, and Prayers

Lawn Mowers, Leaky Pipes, and Prayers” offers a glimpse of life at St. George's and reflection that God’s mission is to restore all things, not just all people.



4. Church in the Round

Church in the Round” shares resources from St. Andrew’s visioning process when they were given the property of the former St. George’s Church and charged to create something from it.



THIS MONTH IN YEAR-ROUND STEWARDSHIP

5. Is Debt Limiting Mission?

Is Debt Limiting Mission?” examines how debt retirement capital campaigns have grown in popularity in recent years and are successful at inspiring parishioners and new mission.



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