We who are Albany Presbytery, agreed to take on the work of assessing each of our church buildings and finances to help us prioritize work that needs to be done and to get an accurate sense of our assets. We agreed at the January 2016 Presbytery meeting that this would help us identify our resources and limitations. As we began to gather the information we learned that:
- Some of our congregations are finding the weight of delayed maintenance to be overwhelming. Getting a more realistic assessment has helped break down the work into manageable projects or has hastened the awareness that their building is beyond repair.
- Some congregations are realizing that inspections (fire extinguishers, boilers, etc.) have not been kept up to date. Or what seemed to be a simple problem will require more immediate or more expensive attention.
- Some congregations are taking risks with new ministries and renewed financial stewardship in the cause of making their property once again “a tool for the accomplishment of the mission of Jesus Christ in the world.” G4.0203
Armed with information, together as a presbytery, we can offer support and develop responses like;
- Churches helping churches. Skilled members of other congregations can advise and direct a struggling congregation in areas of property management.
- Offering grants and loans through Presbytery trustees.
- Co-signing on PILF loans through the Presbyterian Foundation.
- Providing training for Property Committees, helping congregations develop procedures that can pass from generation to generation of property committees.
- Helping in initiating a Capital Campaign or stewardship program.
HERE’S THE INFORMATION WE AGREED TO COLLECT EVERY THREE YEARS:
- Church Building Survey
Please take this survey about your congregation’s buildings.
- Church Financial Health Calculator
- NYSERDA Free Energy Audit
Go to this site to apply for your free audit: http://www.nyserda.ny.gov/All-Programs/Programs/Small-Commercial-Energy-Assessments
EVERY YEAR (per Book of Order):
- Annual Reports
- Statistical Reports (including financial reports for 2014, 2015, and 2016).
Confirm that Annual Reports have been sent to the Stated Clerk. If not please send electronically to: [email protected] Or hard copy to: Stated Clerk’s Office, 1915 Fifth Avenue Troy, NY 12180