There are 27,000 faith buildings in Canada, one third are set to close in the next ten years. Twelve-step groups, children’s programming, the foodbank, blood donor clinics, arts groups and community meetings all utilize places of faith to gather in.
Faith & the Common Good has formed a partnership with the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Ontario NonProfit Network, Cardus, The National Trust For Canada and the City of Toronto to evaluate the impact of faith-building closures. Click on the image above is some early release (survey still in progress) data up to August 2019.
Further updates will be released at bit.ly/communityspacesfaithplaces.
Podcast: Faith Spaces and the Arts
Kendra Fry of Faith & the Common Good, National Trust for Canada, and Trinity-St. Paul's Centre for Faith, Justice, and the Arts discusses the potential of collaborations between faith spaces and the arts to foster "spaces for people not profit".
With host Jessa Agilo.
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Presentation: Recapturing Faith Vitality
May 10, 2016
Faith communities are increasingly looking for ways to grow their mission, with their congregation and their community. We call this "Mission per Square Foot"; it involves looking at re-purposing the faith building, in order to better accommodate the needs of the congregation, the surrounding community, and community partners.
The portion of the webinar posted here is the PowerPoint presentation on "Best practices for marketing to and retaining long term tenants." The presenter was Kendra Fry.
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Mission Per Square Foot Case Studies
In 2015, we launched a new program called Mission Per Square Foot (MPSF) designed to help any congregation fully harness their building in a way that meets its mission, acknowledges its capacity, protects the environment and serves the larger community. These case studies (from the Ottawa area explore how diverse faith communities are fully and sustainably utilizing their buildings, guided by a clear mission and in service to the larger community. The MPSF program was relabelled Regeneration Works: Places of Faith in 2017.
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