Buildings and Grounds

By Episcopal Church Foundation
Vestry Papers asked wardens from the Consortium of Endowed Parishes their thoughts in planning for long-term maintenance of parish buildings.
By Leonard Freeman
How do your boilers work? Where do you go to turn on, or down, or whatever, the air conditioners?
By Malcolm Young
A storm spinning thousands of miles over the Pacific Ocean drives ahead of it warm but powerful southerly winds and dark, foreboding skies.
By Episcopal Church Foundation
I’m the new warden of St. William’s in the Woods. The Deep Woods.
By Sarah Peveler
Last year, I asked five clergy –- evangelical and mainline Protestant, Roman Catholic, Episcopal, and Jewish -– to record a short meditation from their own tradition that answered the question, Why should we spend money on ou…
By Judy Hoover
St. Edward the Confessor in suburban Minneapolis burned to the ground last April after a young man threw gasoline-filled bottles at the structure late on a stormy night. We asked the rector to share tips with our readers on c…
By Eliza Linley
Episcopalians have moved beyond the era when, as the old joke went, evangelism meant unlocking the door on Sunday mornings. But how often does force of habit make us blind to our worship environment – without regard to design…
By Christopher L. Webber
Rightly, the Episcopal Church is attempting to emphasize mission and noting that we often focus our efforts on maintenance. As a vestry member, you are familiar with the problem. Here are some suggestions.
By Annabelle Radcliffe-Trenner
Serving on a buildings and grounds committee is probably one of the most thankless tasks you will ever be asked to do for your church.
By Jeff W. Fisher
Do we really believe in resurrection? That is the question that the people of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Waco, Texas, asked themselves after closing St. Alban’s Memorial School, an Episcopal school that had served the ch…
By Maurice J. Seaton
A capital campaign is an opportunity for building community, yet it can be fraught with obstacles.
By Judith Doran
Dr. Alan Watton was ninety years old when he started coming to church, via a ride from our hospitality chairs (a husband and wife team). After the first service, he stopped on his way out and asked if I made home visits.
By Brian Taylor & Paul Vosburgh
St. Michael and All Angels is not a wealthy congregation. However, the story of our capital campaign over the past couple of years has been quite remarkable.
By Charles Hendrix
“Giving from Our Abundance” sounds like a tired stewardship campaign slogan, but what might happen if a church did this?
By Philip Mantle
Faith in action – loving God with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength by loving our neighbors as ourselves – is the hallmark of Jubilee Ministry.
By Timothy Goldman
Gardens have always been places to meet God and God’s people.
By Fletcher Harper
More and more people believe that protecting Creation is a religious value.
By Jeanie Sablatura and Terry Nathan
In today’s world of decreasing church attendance, changing parish demographics, and difficult economic times, it is essential that all of us optimize the stewardship of the resources with which we are blessed.
By Dan Austin
There wasn’t a cloud in the sky, but it was raining at St. Tiffany’s-in-the-Fields. Inside.
By Susan Kleinwechter
Some churches lean on their visioning statements to drive them toward community partnerships. In “Pasture to Partnerships” Susan Kleinwechter shares how a community partnership not only helped with maintenance of St. Martin-i…