Tips for running a major project

Author: Geoff Freeman

Published on: 7 June 2015

At Burnham Overy we’re currently working on two major projects (reroofing the church and installing facilities in the central tower).

Having gone a long way with these works the following pointers may be helpful to other PCCs:

  • Update the building towards the expectations of today’s population
  • Have a clear project and embark on it with a realistic time scale
  • If there are resources that can be converted to money, do so and spend it on whatever will improve buildings to support a 21st century mission
  • Identify a person or persons – not the Incumbent! – with commensurate skills or willingness to make a personal contribution of time to run with the project. Having done so, the PCC should delegate appropriate authority to let them get on with it
  • Make full use of the many expert resources available centrally in the Diocese to help you
  • Don’t waste time with coffee mornings and jumble sales – they simply do not raise anywhere near enough money
  • Enthuse the community
  • Don’t accept thinking that says, “What we’ve got at the moment will see us out,” or, “But the church has always been like it is now,” because in the first place, where would we be if Jesus thought like that, and in the second place, our church buildings have not at any time been static pieces of architecture.

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Geoff Freeman

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