GTS to Host Seminar about Stewardship of Religious Buildings on July 11-13


Stewardship of Religious Buildings: The Church as Centerpiece of Community and Congregation

The General Theological Seminary 440 West 21st Street, New York

Thursday-Saturday, July 11-13, 2013

Single-Day Ticket: $125 Three-Day All-Access: $300 Registration:

Intended to provide valuable information to seminarians, clergy and lay leaders, architects and preservationists, and facility managers, to address the many complex issues of managing church buildings, Stewardship of Religious Buildings will emphasize the concepts of stewardship and renewal, not only as imperatives for the success of a church’s mission, but also as guarantors of its economic growth and survival.

The three-day seminar will focus on understanding stewardship as a rational planning process, managing change, and responsibly overseeing resources and, in particular, the church building as the shelter and centerpiece of community and religious life. We will look at the concept of stewardship in the broadest sense, from day-to-day issues of facility management to the repair and renovation of buildings, upgrade of systems, and common-sense principles of sustainable design.

Come one day, two days, or save $75 when you purchase the 3-day all-access pass.

The American Institute of Architects will offer continuing education units (CEU) to participants.

Day One

The Rev. Dr. Patrick Malloy Episcopal Priest and Professor of Liturgy The General Theological Seminary, New York

Theological and historical origins of the church building as the physical center of community and religious life.

  • Explore the historical and theological background of church architecture from the beginning of the “Jesus Movement” to the present.
  • Consider in some detail the divergences among the various Christian bodies at the time of the sixteenth-century Reformation.
  • Discuss the contemporary ecumenical consensus on spatial arrangements and architectural styles suitable for worship in the 21st century.  Many examples representing a number of Christian denominations and reflecting the work of numerous architects and designers will be used as illustrations.

The nineteenth-century Oxford Movement and the concurrent Cambridge Camden Society will illustrate how cultural/social and theological shifts have an impact on how existing church buildings are understood, retro-fitted, and used, and how new ones are designed and constructed.

Day Two

Kevin Lichten and Barry Donaldson Lichten Craig Donaldson Architects

Organizational, decision-making, and leadership issues that can significantly influence the life and growth of a church and ultimately its mission.

  • Learn about stewardship as a planning discipline and the process starting from an existing-conditions survey; to the preparation of a master plan, budget and cost analysis; and the establishment of a rational definition of needs and priorities.
  • Explore what it means for a church to be "welcoming" in the context of openness and transparency, accessibility, and healthy and safe environments.
  • Review widespread maintenance and operational issues in the life and lifecycle of a church and discuss social, functional and physical change and principles of adaptability and re-use.

Day Three

Kevin Lichten and Barry Donaldson Lichten Craig Donaldson Architects

Sustainable practices with examples of large and small church projects.

  • Learn about the codes, standards and preservation guidelines and requirements that are typically required for securing grants and financial assistance.
  • Engage in an in-depth review of building materials and methods, building infrastructure and systems.
  • Hear about guiding principles of asset management, property valuation and setting aside financial reserves, operating budgets and capital budgets, and cost-benefit analysis.

This event is hosted by The General Theological Seminary along with Lichten Craig Donaldson Architects.