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Developing and managing church building projects

Welcome to our guide to help you develop and manage your church building project.

There are three main reasons why your church, chapel or meeting house may be embarking on repair or community facilities building project.


Most churches will have to face the need for essential and sometimes major repairs.  Repairs will ensure the continuing use of the building, will preserve the historic fabric, and will ensure the building is in a better condition to support its wider use. A repair project will need an architect to provide the relevant technical and professional support. But you will still have to develop and manage the project, for instance seeking permissions and, of course, fundraising.

Community facilities

You may also decide that you want to enhance your building by improving the facilities, or to reorder the space to allow you to do more and therefore enable the building to be used more widely. Churches, chapels and meeting houses are often at the centre of communities and are increasingly being used as multipurpose community buildings. They can and do offer spaces for the local community to come together for activities and events, as well as remaining open for visitors.

New ways of worshipping

Change may be driven by liturgical reasons. You may wish to reorder your building to reflect new ways of worshipping. In recent years, there has been a move in some churches to bring the priest and congregation closer together. This can mean installing a nave altar or introducing movable seating to enable services in the round or relocating the font so that there is more space for families to be involved.

How our guide works

There are five key stages in developing and managing church building projects and there are links to advice on each of these below. There is also a section with a range of useful online resources. Key advice will come through links to the very useful 'Crossing the Threshold ' toolkit.  While no two projects will ever be exactly the same, the toolkit explains the basic processes, makes you aware of the many issues involved and offers useful tips for each stage of a project.

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Our guide to developing your church building project