This unique handbook offers essential and expert advice on caring for all church buildings. 75% of all listed buildings are churches and the proper care of these is the legal responsibility of priests and churchwardens. With maintenance costs now totally 112 million per year in England, this money-saving guide will help local churches diagnose and solve commonly occurring problems, and find the right expert help when needed.
Yet a church building is a blessing as well as a burden. Drawn from extensive experience of working with local churches, the authors also show how church buildings can be tools for contemporary mission, packed with potential for effective engagement with the whole community.
Nigel Walter is Director of Archangel Architects, a Cambridge based practice which specialises in the development of churches for contemporary mission.He blogs at churchbuildingprojects.co.uk.
Andrew Mottram is Heritage Buildings and Community Development Officer for the Diocese of Worcester and a member of Worcester Cathedral Fabric Advisory Committee. He co-founded
Ecclesiastical Property Solutions Ltd which has provided training and support to 500 Churches and 28 Dioceses.
Any priest or parish stumped by the enormity and complexity of the task of making the most of our inherited buildings need look no further. This book is a superb tool for helping us see with fresh eyes the gift of landmark buildings in key locations, and enabling us to realise their full potential for the mission of the Kingdom of God.
This immensely practical, clear and thorough guide, written by acknowledged experts, will be an invaluable aid to anyone who cares about church buildings, realises their potential for mission and wants to release it. Church buildings can be an enormous asset for the gospel: this book will help anyone who reads it ensure that they are.
'It is a comprehensive handbook rooted in the realities of parish life.'