Your Sacred Space is a Community Asset

Your Sacred Space is a Community Asset

This resource list was developed by workshop presenter Elizabeth Terry, who led the to supplement the February 2012 Center workshop, Your Sacred Space is a Community Asset.

Forrest, Tuomi Joshua, Patricia LePera, and Sarah Peveler. Your Sacred Place Is A Community Asset: A Tool Kit to Attract New Resources and New Partners. Philadelphia, PA: Partners for Sacred Places, 2002.
This toolkit is a multi-format congregational resource for assessing and showcasing programs and properties as indispensable community assets; for publicizing and forecasting public value; for identifying and engaging new partners to help with capital needs and programs; and for telling a new story to raise money for building repair and renovations. Attractive binder contains DVD video; Audio CD; CD-ROM; five printed books; three
fold-out timelines; and User-only Website access.

Goldberg, Shari P. Managing Repair and Restoration Projects: A Congregation's How-to Guide. New York, NY: New York Landmark’s Conservancy, 2002.
This manual, which provides sample documents, serves as a detailed guide for clergy, building committees, and congregation members. It explains everything from defining the scope of work to soliciting bids to executing contracts.

Rans, Susan and Hilary Altman. Asset-Based Strategies for Faith Communities. Evanston, IL: Asset Based Community Development Institute, 2002.
This book is a collection of stories from Christian churches and organizations in the USA, highlighting particular faith-based initiatives aimed at revitalizing congregations and their surrounding communities, and describing activities designed to spur economic development.

Technical Preservation Services. Preservation Briefs. Washington, DC:  Technical Preservation Services, National Park Services, n.d.
Preservation Briefs, free downloadable articles, provide in-depth information about various aspects of historic preservation. Many provide guidance on the appropriate treatment of traditional building materials such as slate roofing, plaster, and masonry. Others address architectural features including storefronts and porches, or focus on the reuse of specific building types such as historic gas stations and barns. Additionally, this publication series covers broader themes such as how to understand architectural character and making historic buildings accessible.