find and use resources
The Center has noticed a slight increase in calls about building issues. Certainly, the difficult economy has made it challenging for many Indiana congregations to pursue any number of building projects. However, recently congregations have been calling about resources related to process. How might a congregation discern if a project is right for them? How does a congregation decide what approach to take or what sources of funding to seek? What will the actual construction or renovation entail?
The Center recommends a book published by the Alban Institute titled Holy Places: Matching Sacred Space with Mission and Message. This book developed from a three-year program sponsored by the Center that took 50 congregations through a variety of building projects. The book, written by Nancy DeMott, Brent Bill and me, tells what we learned from working with these congregations. The book is designed to be used by congregations that are contemplating or are involved in work on their facilities. Our unique "discern, decide and do" model, coupled with a sacred space team, assumes no particular level of prior knowledge about building issues to be successful. The book is intended to help you develop your sacred space team, create a reflective approach to your work, enable you to learn from one another, and make space for discerning God's direction for your congregation. It is effective because the model begins with congregations where they are and helps them move to their next desired level.
The book has an accompanying DVD called Sacred Spaces that can be used with the book.
If your Indiana congregation is working on a building project (or contemplating one) and would like a copy of the book and DVD, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will send them to you (unfortunately, we can only offer the material free to Indiana congregations - the book is available otherwise through the Alban Institute).
As always, let us know how we can be helpful.