Drawing on insights from religious leaders and knowledgeable church consultants, the CLP will create learning communities for both pastoral and lay leaders. Working directly with groups of congregations to guide congregations through a carefully designed learning process, this includes trainings, guidance, and - above all - community.
The CLP will show congregations that they are not alone in these struggles, but actually facing a common set of problems and opportunities. We involve the community themselves in the solutions rather than outsiders coming in with solutions.
This community can help congregations find the direction and motivation needed to engage optimistically in adaptive reuses of their sacred spaces. Through the CLP, congregations will gain clarity about their own values and mission, and learn how to adapt their ministries to their changing contexts, while drawing on practices from their theological and ecclesial traditions.
● Four targeted trainings over two years (2022-2023) designed for your needs, delivered by experts from Partners for Sacred Spaces & Bricks and Mortals
● Final Convening of All National Cohort Members in 2024
● A Local Coach Offering On-Going Education and Support
● Technical Assistance on Projects to Adapt Your Space
● Connect Your Congregation to Experts and Training
● 3-5 Clergy and Lay Leadership to Attend All Training Sessions
This program serves as a catalyst and stepping-stone for the American Christian community to not just survive, in this changing environment, but thrive.
The program will help transform churches’ understanding of what they have as assets rather than hindrances, and produce sustainable solutions to the persistent concerns of congregations about their buildings.
We do this by aiding congregations in thinking through mission-central uses of assets through the Congregational Learning Process (CLP).
This program will produce practical tools for congregations to thrive and build capacity, including a Toolkit and coursework, while raising the American Christian community's consciousness on adaptive reuse, and transforming how congregations think about their property. We will create 25 congregations
that serve as success stories - prepared to showcase the process of adaptive reuse, their congregations as successes, and themselves as leaders in adaptive reuse.
S4 will develop cohorts of five churches in five cities across the nation: Chicago (IL), Long Beach (CA), New York City (NY), New Orleans (LA), and Pittsburgh (PA)
Based on the principles of action-reflection and experiential learning, training will be custom-designed to meet the needs of participants and individual Cohorts.
When participants leave the course, they will have a specific action plan for the future of their property.
Sustainable Solutions for Sacred Sites (2021-2025) is a five-year Lilly Endowment funded program to produce sustainable solutions to the persistent concerns of congregations about their buildings. We turn a problem into a possibility by teaching and learning with imagination and experience.