Churchwarden Training

From 2017 the Church Buildings Team have been developing a series of training sessions on a range of topics for Churchwardens to help support them in their role of caring for their church buildings. On this page you will be able to find details of any upcoming training sessions as well as be able to download any handouts or PowerPoint presentations from previous sessions.


Upcoming training sessions

You can book onto any of our training sessions using our online booking system

7th June 2017: Church Building Projects - Purpose, Planning, Procurement

St Peter's Church Centre, Wellesbourne

This brand new workshop has been developed by the National Stewardship & Resources Team for Churchwardens, PCC members, Treasurers, Building Committee Members, Project Managers and others involved in starting a building project in your church or church hall.

In a process which involves a lot of money, a lot of time, and some changes to your building, avoiding some of the pitfalls is not just a question of using your common sense.

Attending this workshop will help you to benefit from the collective wisdom of experts and people who have been involved in successful projects in the past. By focusing on the main questions, it will help you find and work with professionals effectively to achieve your church's goals.

The session will focus on six big questions:
1. How do you get the project scope right and to budget?
2. What organisations do you need to involve and how do you work with them effectively?
3. How do you organise and how do you find the right professionals?
4. The practical processes and things to avoid - what are they?
5. What must you do, and what ought you to do?
6. Raising the money - how do you budget it and not waste it?

The session is FREE and refreshments including a sandwich lunch will be provided.

Numbers are limited to 25 so book early to avoid disappointment.


Previous training sessions

16th December 2016: Maintenance Co-operative Baseline Survey training day

St Peter's Church, Grandborough

Come along to St Peter's Church in Grandborough to learn how to undertake a baseline survey of your church. Carrying out  a baseline survey allows you to identify maintenance issues before they become expensive repairs, and will help you to produce an effective maintenance plan for caring for your church building.


16th January 2017: Writing Statements of Significance and Need

St Mary Magdalene's Church, Lillington

Statements of Significance and Need are required for most Faculty applications, particularly if you are proposing a change to your church building. Come along to this session to learn about what these documents are for and why they are so important, as well as developing your understanding on what makes a strong Statement of Need, and what to include in your Statement of Significance.

We will also touch upon the role and importance of Options Appraisals which are particularly important if you are considering undertaking a complex or extensive reordering or building project.

The PowerPoint from this session can be found on the right hand side of this page under 'Documents'. Please also see the page dedicated to Statements of Significance and Need under 'Related Pages' for further guidance.


15th February 2017: Funding Church Projects - Grants and Gifts

St James' Parish Centre, Styvechale

Join us at St James Church Hall to learn about a variety of fundraising options for church building projects, and receive valuable advice on sources of funding and writing successful applications. The session will be led by Eleanor Stead, the Church of England's Legacy and Funding Officer, and Catherine Kemp, the Development Officer for the Heritage Lottery Fund (West Midlands). The session will cover topics such as the HLF Grants for Places of Worship scheme and other relevant lottery funding streams, legacy giving, and other sources of capital grant funding.

The PowerPoints from this session can be found on the right hand side of this page under 'Documents'.  The handout entitled 'Charitable Gifts for Churches 2016' can also be found in this section. For more information please visit the Parish Resources website, the Heritage Lottery Fund website, and our own page on Grants and Funding.


15th March 2017: Faculties and the Online System

St John the Baptist Church, Berkswell

Embarking on a building project in your church can be a daunting prospect, not least with regards to navigating through the Faculty process. Join Will Jones (DAC Secretary) Revd Canon Richard Williams (DAC Chairman) and Claire Strachan (Church Buildings Development Officer) this evening for an introduction to the Faculty process, Lists A and B, and a demonstration of the Online Faculty System - the new way to apply for permission for your church projects. The session will cover topics such as what permissions are required for particular types of projects, what to include in your application, how the online system works amongst many other things.

The PowerPoint from this session can be found on the right hand side of this page under 'Documents'. Please also see the page dedicated to Faculties and DAC Advice under 'Related Pages' for further guidance.