Congregational Resource Guide
Finding the right resources for your congregation
Congregations across the United States increasingly struggle to maintain physical houses of worship as membership declines and buildings age. One preservationist deems it a “national crisis.” In this 10 minute video segment, Religion & Ethics Newsweekly correspondent Saul Gonzalez surveys the changing landscape of sacred buildings in Philadelphia. Interviews from pastors, a historic preservationist, community members, and a real estate developer discuss the future of these dilapidated buildings. Philadelphia-based nonprofit Partners for Sacred Places is highlighted as a national resource for congregations. Viewers will better understand the growing issue and innovative options to utilize declining sacred spaces, such as renting to a dance troupe or selling to a commercial venture. This video is informational rather than instructional.