Looking after your Church
The resources listed on this page are not intended to be a comprehensive listing, so if you think we are missing any interesting resources please let us know via our Contact Page.
ACT Awareness | e-learning for Churches - ACT Awareness is an innovative course that could help prevent terror attacks. The training was developed in a ground-breaking partnership between Counter Terrorism Policing and retail giant Marks & Spencer. Free to use, the course can be divided into short sections to suit churches needs and it takes just 45 minutes in total to complete. Churches wanting more information, or to apply for registration, should visit the ACT Awareness page via our link.
Congregational and General Charitable Trust - The Congregational and General Charitable Trust is an independent grant-making charity. It's aim is to support churches, particularly those of the United Reformed and Congregational denominations, in the provision and repair of suitable buildings. To make grants for the overall care, upkeep and extension of churches, to make grants towards the capital costs of church community projects and to promote the Christian religion and, in particular, the United Reformed and Congregational denominations, and other churches of the Protestant tradition. Take a look.
National Churches Trust - The National Churches Trust is the national, independent, charity dedicated to promoting and supporting church buildings of historic, architectural and community value across the UK. The aims of the National Churches Trust are: To help maintain the UK’s heritage of church buildings and to enhance their ability to serve local communities; and, to promote the benefit to communities of church buildings and to inspire everyone to value and enjoy them. If you are looking for funding from them, but are not sure if they can fund your project or are unsure which grant programme to apply through, please look through the options on their website.
Eco Church | Your Church caring for God’s Earth - Eco Church is A Rocha UK’s award scheme for churches in England and Wales who want to demonstrate that the gospel is good news for God’s earth. At the heart of Eco Church is a unique, online survey that enables churches to both record what they are already doing to care for God’s earth, and to reflect on what further steps they can take to that end and then act accordingly. The survey covers all areas of church life: Worship and Teaching; Management of Church Buildings and Land; Community and Global Engagement; and Lifestyle.
Rural Church Buildings | How to look after, develop and utilise them - Resources for getting the most out of your rural church building. Since 1972 Germinate: The Arthur Rank Centre, an ecumenical Christian charity, has served both the spiritual and practical needs of the rural community through a programme of community and social projects, resourcing and training.
They have now brought together an excellent resource for congregations and others who have responsibility for looking after a rural church building. There is advice on: building issues such as to how to look after the fabric of your building and the fixtures and fittings; undertaking effective and essential maintenance; how to prevent metal theft; how to make your building as energy efficient as possible and much more.
John Truscott | Church Consultant and Trainer - John Truscott is a church consultant and trainer who champions the ministry of creative organisation. He seeks to resource and encourage Christian leaders, managers, trustees, planners, communicators and administrators.
His website contains many useful resources and much practical help for churches of all shapes and sizes. One of his latest resources is entitled How to prepare a church profile, and there are many others including Twenty ideas to help people change, Setting up a Newcomers Team, How not to delegate!, Suggested questions for an annual review, and A leadership team checklist. In total there are over 160 free resources! Take a look.