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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


  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.