Environmental Sustainability/Stewardship

Disciples Church Extension Fund. Accessed November 30, 2017.
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Looking for ways to increase your congregation’s ministry budget without asking for more money? In this brief article from the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), leaders will find basic information on how to maximize congregational resources by minimizing the building’s carbon footprint. Research shows that most congregations can reduce energy costs significantly, beginning with just six “energy-saving renovations”. These include changing to LED lighting, adding insulation, and installing programmable thermostats. An energy audit can identify additional areas ripe for energy savings. Consider how the facility is used and whether its use can be maximized to serve the congregation’s mission. This step may involve clarifying (or creating) ministry priorities. Such considerations can give leaders the information they need to manage building and energy use for mission’s sake. Any congregation whose facility isn’t already energy-maximized can get started here. The information would be of special interest to facility managers.