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Making Property Serve Mission

If you are a church leader looking to construct a new building, seeking to adapt or enlarge your property or facing the reduction or liquidation of your buildings, Making Property Serve Mission is the definitive resource you are looking for.Opening with a compelling discussion of the Christian church's core business, architect Fred Batterton considers different types of church property and their impact on mission, enabling us to assess whether our church buildings are a help or a hindrance. Drawing on his wealth of expertise Fred Batterton then explores with us the opportunities that buildings can offer, processes that enable development, options for financing and the outcomes that can be expected.This book offers answers to the following questions:
  • What is the Church's core business?
  • What property do you have?
  • How can property serve mission?
  • Is my building a help or a hindrance?
  • What are our opportunities?
  • Who has the skills to help?
  • What are the basic design considerations?
  • What are the processes?
  • How can we pay for it?
  • How should we proceed?
The book is richly illustrated with 77 colour illustrations and follows a logical sequence of understanding, concluding with frequently asked questions and a call to action.
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"This splendid resource provides an invaluable set of tools with which to re-evaluate the place of property in our missional planning and liturgical formation, whatever our size or situation, and rekindles our longing see to the Church re-equipped and re-energised to speak the good news with relevance, power and grace." Richard Giles, Author of Re-pitching the Tent, Formerly Dean of Philadelphia Cathedral "As church communities seek to engage with their neighbourhoods in the 21st century context, it is vital they are equipped with an understanding of how they can maximise existing or new property. Fred Batterton's expertise, insight and wisdom in this area are a gift to the wider Church. I highly recommend this valuable resource." Daniel Bullock, Director of Mission & Ministries, Baptist Union of Victoria Reshaping a building so as to make it serve a new generation is a vital challenge for every Christian congregation. Fred Batterton has not only succeeded in helping numbers of churches to do this, but has also written a fascinating rationale for those who are wondering about whether they should engage in such a work. David MacInnes, former rector of St Aldate's Church, Oxford When it is time to do something with your facilities the thinking Church leader will take some time to look at this book. Written by a practitioner it is a wealth of insight for those looking for greater missional assistance through their facility. Dale Stephenson, Senior Pastor, Crossway Baptist Church

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