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  • Two-thirds of all congregations are developing new or deeper community partnerships.
  • One-quarter are already making progress on longer-term coals such as finding new funding to support their sacred places.
  • New Dollars/New Partners benefits congregations of all sizes and all locales (city, suburban, small town and rural). Size is not a factor in the congregation’s ability to achieve outcomes.
  • The congregational team’s composition is less of a factor for success than the team members’ commitment to participate fully in the program.
  • Those congregations that completed assigned tasks during or shortly after the training were more likely to have make progress toward longer-term goals.

Quotes From Participants

  • “This is the single most important opportunity for breaking out of standardized thinking we have.” St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Oakland, CA
  • “This training was extremely helpful in establishing context of the church renovation process. Trainers were very knowledgeable and approachable.” Episcopal Church of St. John the Evangelist, Boston
  • “These churches need help, encouragement, collaboration and assistance in determining possibilities. Partners for Sacred Places stands ready to assist [them] with a variety of tools. We are grateful that Partners is working with us and these congregations.” Forrest Palmer, Associate Executive Presbyter, Presbytery of Greater Atlanta

About Making a New Case

  • “This program serves as a BIG motivation.” Ornewoord Park Presbyterian Church, Atlanta
  • “There’s work to do. We are not alone and are on the right track.” First Baptist Church of Pittsburgh
  • “Lots to learn but tools are available.” Cathedral of St. Peter in Chains, Cincinnati
  • “It’s okay to understand our worth by putting a dollar figure on what we do.” Brighton Allston United Church of Christ, Boston
  • “Very valuable set of tools and insights for any congregation that faces the need to revitalize.” St Mark’s Episcopal Church, Berkeley

About Making New Community Partners

  • “We need to consider what the community thinks about the church. There are many helpful contacts in the community and we need to discover ways to approach them.” Lewes (DE) Presbyterian Church
  • “Reminded of the power of connection and latent relationships we can activate to help the church.” Emory Presbyterian Church, Atlanta
  • “Leaving the training, participants are eager to listen to and talk with the new partners that they’ve recognized are already surrounding them and who will help them make their dreams come true.” Mike Mather, Asset-Based Community Development trainer and pastor, Broadway United Methodist Church, Indianapolis

About Internal and External Capital Funding Strategies

  • “There are manageable pieces that when put together make a big difference.” Zion Christian Church, Pittsburgh
  • “The work we’ve done has helped us frame out needs and communicate to the congregation the scope of the project.” First English Lutheran Church, Cincinnati
  • “This training helps congregations expand their alternatives for funding in order that they can continue to serve.” Catherine Lynch, Presbyterian Investment and Loan Program

Copies of the Executive Summary and full evaluation report are available from partners@sacredplaces.org upon request.

If you are interested in scheduling New Dollars/New Partners for Your Sacred Place, please contact us at partners@sacredplaces.org.