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Best Resources on Buildings and Grounds

Whether it's routine maintenance, dealing with repairs, offering space to outside groups or undergoing renovations, a congregation's facility is a priority. The organizations with which we work have extensive field-based perspectives on and strategies for maintaining congregational meeting spaces, undertaking construction projects, and being a good neighbor.

Maintaining, Renovating and Upgrading Your Church Space

The Center for Congregations supports communities of faith in Indiana through consultation, resource development and educational events that target the real-world issues and opportunities that arise. As a consequence, the center has developed a wide range of practical resources and useful perspectives related to building maintenance and construction, which it shares with congregtions everywhere through its website. The center also offers:

Guidelines to help with assessing facilities, working with architects and contractors, and strategic planning 

Workshop Resources Guides contain supplemental material used for workshops on topics like Effective Leadership for Building Projects, Using Technology in Your Congregation and Building Maintenance, Worship Archtecture, and Energy Conservation.

Sacred Space Resource Guides support effective reflection, planning and action for renovation and building programs.

Congregational Stories highlight real faith community experiences with a variety of typical issues, including building concerns. Topics include building space for kids, energy audits and the unexpected benefits of undertaking a building project.

Staff Writing for Outside Publications archives articles written by the center’s staff, including Practical Tips for Facility Repair, Ten Things You Need to Know about Sacred Space Projects, and Your Building Speaks.

The center also publishes a blog that includes posts related to building construction, maintenance and use. Peruse articles categorized in Centerview, and News and Thought.

Additional Resources

On Insights into Religion's website, the "Congregations: Buildings & Grounds" section includes several articles and resource links that can help your congregation develop perspective and gather the necessary resources to effectively respond to maintenance, renovation or new construction pressures.

Also explore the "Leadership: Church Administration" section for guidance on how to effectively manage congregational resources, including buildings, staff, members and finances. And if a construction or renovation capital campaign is in your future, look for help under "Congregations: Stewardship & Finance."

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