Partners in Building: Two Days of Training
That Will Transform Your Church
The Rev. Partrick G. Duggan
Executive Director, Christ Church Building & Loan Fund
When a congregation is in transition, buildings and space usually become a part of the equation. It might be a growing new church that is ready to move, a renewing church that needs new space, an established church that has delayed needed repairs, or a congregation near the end of its ministry. Church building decisions can be so overwhelming that they become the focus of all fundraising, block church programming, and sap the energy out of congregants.
If your church fit this description, the UCC Church Building & Loan Fund’s Partners in Building (PIB) training event this September may be the answer to your prayers. Since 2009, PIB has helped over 500 church leaders meet the many challenges of church building projects.
The 2016 Partners in Building (PIB) training event will be held in Long Beach, CA on Sept 23-24. PIB is our premier training opportunity designed for church leaders that anticipate engaging in a church building project within six months to two years. Topics include the construction process, church building legal issues, accounting, insurance, church financials, and how to apply for financing. Church leaders can meet one-on-one with CB&LF staff, hear from churches that have led successful church building projects, and network with church leaders from across the country.
PIB is a missional activity of the United Church of Christ, and as such CB&LF pays for airfare, transportation, hotel, meals and accommodations for up to three leaders of a participating church. The church pays a $100 per person registration fee to participate in PIB.
This year for the first time, PIB participants may attend one of the following two pre-PIB event seminars on Friday September 23rd at the additional cost of $70 per person including lunch.
• The Future of Stewardship: Partnering to Build a More Vibrant Church
• Partners in Vision: Taking On Large or Complex Church Building Projects
Click here for additional information and registration for both PIB and the pre-PIB seminars.
Part of CB&LF’s mission is our call to serve all Christian churches in addition to United Church of Christ congregations. This year’s Partners in Building event will be one of our most ecumenical gatherings ever. In addition to the United Church of Christ congregations that are registering to attend, we anticipate church leaders from independent churches, the Disciples of Christ, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the Episcopal Church, the Presbyterian Church USA, the Parish Collective, several Baptist churches, and others. Leaders from all Christian churches are encouraged to attend.
CB&LF stands ready to help you re-invent your church through innovative uses of building and space toward the goal of advancing the kingdom of God. So let’s be Partners in Building!
See you in September.