Buildings Strategy

Our buildings collectively are both a huge opportunity and a huge threat - some are one, some the other, and some both.  The opportunity comes because day and night they point towards God (or they should), because they symbolise our commitment to our communities, and because they provide opportunities/spaces/resources for us to do things.  The threat comes because they are expensive, because congregations naturally prioritise expenditure on buildings ahead of expenditure on ministry, because not all our buildings are fit-for-purpose, and because some of them do not point towards God.

We therefore believe we need a Strategy for dealing with Buildings.

So, Diocesan Synod agreed an Anglican version of the Buildings Strategy in October 2012.  This, and the powerpoint presentation which Synod saw as part of the debate, can be downloaded below.

(Another important document is in fact a picture (downloadable below): the "sustainability rosette" which came out of the research conducted by the Churches Trust for Cumbria, and shows the areas that churches need to be concerned about for their overall sustainability.)

Since 2012, much work has been done on an ecumenical version of the Buildings Strategy - and it has now (Nov / Dec 2017) been agreed by the ecumenical Strategy Steering Group, the BIshop's Council, and our ecumenical partners' equivalents.  The DAC and Churches Trust for Cumbria have also been consulted and are working within this strategy. 
The latest versions can be downloaded below;  they comprise: a theological supporting paper, the Strategy document, and a Questionnaire to be used by Mission Communities and benefices as they develop their own local Buildings Strategies.  




Buildings Strategy v 6Buildings Strategy v 6
File size  319kb    File date 11 Jan 2018
Questionnaire about Buildings (doc)Questionnaire about Buildings (doc)
File size  191kb    File date 11 Jan 2018
Questionnaire about Buildings (pdf)Questionnaire about Buildings (pdf)
File size  247kb    File date 11 Jan 2018
Buildings Strategy Theology v 4Buildings Strategy Theology v 4
File size  403kb    File date 11 Jan 2018
Sustainability RosetteSustainability Rosette
File size  245kb    File date 12 Apr 2016
Carlisle Diocese Buildings Strategy v 1.0Carlisle Diocese Buildings Strategy v 1.0
File size  69kb    File date 23 Apr 2014