Don't Ignore Use Of Space When Planning For Church's Environmental Sustainability

by Rick Reinhard. Faith & Leadership, 4/16/2024.


Congregational properties are often underutilized by either time, volume, or activity type. This article discusses how better managing these resources can help a facility be more environmentally sustainable. The solution explored here is for churches to share their space in ways that meet community needs, making it a true community asset.


links to examples of congregations effectively and creatively sharing their space; an explanation of how unshared houses of worship are less environmentally sustainable; links to related resources showing how to reimagine church property as an asset

Recommended Audience

clergy and lay leaders, facility committees, church planning committees



Practical Applications

  • Review the examples provided in this article of churches that have successfully shared their spaces with the community and become more environmentally sustainable.
  • View the resource linked to this article for several ideas of creative ways to utilize the space inside your church building.

About the Contributor

Karen Goley

Karen Goley uses her resource knowledge and relational style to work closely with congregations as a resource consultant and behind the scenes with our robust database of resources and doing project work.  Prior to joining the Center, Karen spent over fifteen years in the human resources field, serving nonprofit and financial services organizations in the Indianapolis area and the suburbs of Chicago.

With faith as her foundation, Karen enjoys spending quality time with her family and is a very proud Purdue University alum.  Having earned a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership and Supervision, Karen put her pride on full display by naming the family pup Mackey- after Purdue basketball’s Mackey Arena.  Boiler Up!

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