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The new revised toolkit was launched on 17th October 2013 at St.Johns Church on the Square in Wolverhampton.
NEW TOOLKIT NOW AVAILABLE! Crossing the Threshold Toolkit or can viewed and downloaded by individual chapters below:
DIANA EVANS, HEAD OF PLACES OF WORSHIP ADVICE, ENGLISH HERITAGE BRINGING BUILDINGS
BACK INTO MISSION
CHAPTER 1 DEVELOPING YOUR VISION
CHAPTER 2 DEVELOPING A TEAM AND ASSESSING YOUR SKILLS AND ABILITIES
CHAPTER 3 GOVERNANCE - CHOOSING THE RIGHT ORGANISATIONAL STRUCTURE
CHAPTER 4 UNDERTAKING A COMMUNITY AUDIT AND CONSULTING WITH THE COMMUNITY
CHAPTER 5 DEVELOPING YOUR IDEAS - OPTIONS APPRAISAL,FEASIBILITY STUDY, ARCHITECT'S BRIEF
CHAPTER 6 BALANCING THE NEED FOR CHANGE WITH HERITAGE AND LITURGICAL CONSIDERATIONS
- LEGALITIES AND THE CHURCH PLANNING PROCESS
CHAPTER 7 PROJECT PLANNING
CHAPTER 8 WRITING A BUSINESS PLAN
CHAPTER 9 PROJECT SUSTAINABILITY
CHAPTER 10 IDENTIFYING THE RIGHT FUNDERS
CHAPTER 11 COMPLETING APPLICATIONS - SELLING YOUR PROJECT TO FUNDERS
CHAPTER 12 PROJECT CASH FLOW
CHAPTER 13 MANAGING THE BUILDING WORKS ON SITE
CHAPTER 14 THE FINAL STAGES - CLAIMING MONEY, CELEBRATING, IMPACT AND EVALUATION
CHAPTER 15 FURTHER INFORMATION
CHAPTER 16 CASE STUDIES
'Crossing the Threshold' Toolkit
A community development approach to the use of Church Buildings
What is it? and who is it for?
The'Crossing the Threshold' in 2009 conference was aimed at helping dioceses and parishes get the best from their buildings for wider community use. The day, in Hereford, was dedicated to sharing best practice in the use of church buildings, and looked at examples of how successful projects are working in and for their communities already. At that event we launched a specially commissioned DVD and Toolkit, produced in partnership with the Herefordshire Council and Shropshire RCC.
The toolkit was produced as a response to demand from parishes at the start of their journey down this road towards returning their buildings to their communities. This is an easy to follow step by step resource containing exactly the sort of information any parish will need to know.With support and practical guidance we hope it will be possible for more churches to remain open as places of worship but also as places where the wider community can enjoy a whole range of activities and support that will improve the quality of their lives.
In 2013, with funding from English Hetitage, we were able to rewrite and update the toolkit in light of further experience and feedback from church building projects.
If you would like to order a CDof the toolkit the cost is £3.50 per copy and an order form can be downloaded from the following link:
Toolkit order form
Should you require any further information on this or any aspect of opening up your church to the wider community please contact Joanne Gibbon by email or on 01584 871089.