At first I resented the costly repairs. Then I took a closer look.
The church is made of people. But they need a home.
"It feels vulnerable to be the weird lady outside preaching sermons."
A physical space can be at the vital center of ministry—if you don't make it an idol.
If I were to put up a plaque at church, I’d want it to honor our crew of sextons.
As I think about all of the complex questions we have ahead of us concerning downsizing, restructuring, property, and buildings, I’ve begun to have one guiding question.
The National Fund for Sacred Places aims to help churches raise funds, restore their buildings, and find new community partnerships.
There's a budget shortfall. What's the congregation going to do?
What happens when a congregation's ministry is something we can't see without a rearview mirror?
Why, asks Dalil Boubakeur, should hundreds of empty churches not be converted to mosques? It's an intriguing question.