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SAN MATEO, Calif. (RNS) Having tried hard in several churches to raise funds for legacy expenses, I know it's a tough sell, and getting tougher. And it should be a tough sell. Churches had no business building facilities they could barely afford to construct.

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Tom Ehrich

Tom Ehrich is a writer, church consultant and Episcopal priest based in New York. He is the author of “Just Wondering, Jesus” and founder of the Church Wellness Project. His website is www.morningwalkmedia.com.

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  1. Wait! Don’t toss out the building just yet! While I agree, some congregation members can get overly zealous with “their” church, the real issue is how the environment supports meaningful and spirit-filled worship. As an architect, I work with both established congregations, and new communities, and there’s great value in deep roots and a beautiful environment. The key question is what a congregation does in its space. Great worship can and does happen in spaces that are brand new and in historic places hundreds of years old.

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