Planning to build (or not to)?
The Interfaith Coalition on Energy has produced a few publications advising congregations about energy options in planning to renovate or ad to existing buildings or build new ones. In addition, the following is a review of five books from other sources, listed in our opinion of most important listed first:
1. Before building, do you know how the congregation feels about its future? The Church Planning Inventory from Hartford Seminary solicits 180 multiple-choice responses to either questions or statements. By analyzing the results, a congregation can see the demographics of its memberships, its intent to stay or move on, satisfaction with programs, facilities and ministry – plus a lot more. The Hartford Seminary will sell copies of the inventory at 40 cents each and analyze a returned set for $2.50 per tabulated questionnaire. They also charge a one time administrative fee of $75. To obtain a free copy of their inventory, you can write the Hartford Institute for Religion Research, 77 Sherman Street, Hartford, CT 06105. Their phone is (860) 509-9543 and their email is mross@HARTSEM.EDU. The Hartford Seminary also has inventories for pastoral search and parish profiles.Continue reading