Congregations open up their buildings to serve children, the hungry, the homeless and others in need. Sacred places stabilize neighborhoods, strengthen commercial districts and significantly add to the economic health of our communities. All of this is endangered, however, when congregations can no longer afford to maintain these aging buildings. Partners has developed a family of highly-acclaimed resources to help congregations connect better to their communities, raise capital funds in new ways and preserve their historic building for future generations. We are the nation's only non-sectarian, nonprofit organization dedicated the sound stewardship and active community use of America's older religious properties.

Rev. Denise Bell-Blakely has been Associate Pastor at Meadowbrook United Methodist Church (MUMC), Fort Worth, for less than a year. Even after this short tenure, she says: “I have never seen a people so sensitive, so flexible to the Spirit’s moving.”

Our Director, Suzy Yowell, visited the church earlier this year and was equally amazed. This is why we feel compelled to tell the story of their powerhouse mission.

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In 1928, two smaller Methodist congregations in the Meadowbrook area merged to form MUMC. Like so many urban congregations, the church experienced dramatic demographic changes in the 60s and 70s, with large groups of African-American and Hispanic residents moving into the neighborhood. Unfortunately, this caused some “white flight,” cutting into the church’s budget and membership.

However, the result was ultimately positive. Gary Cumbie, a long-time Lay Leader and past Board Chair at Meadowbrook says, “The folks that have stayed really believe that this is where we need to be.”

Several years ago, the church adopted this mission statement: “We are a Christian fellowship embracing our community with hope, acceptance, and unconditional love.  We understand that true community change can only occur when we open our doors and hearts to those outside of the congregation.” It sounds lofty, yet believing something and actually putting it into action can be vastly different realities. MUMC lives out this creed by sharing its huge physical plant, including the sanctuary, fellowship hall, scores of classrooms, and their Community Life Center (a gym/multiuse facility).

This is an amazing example of opening your doors! These facilities are active nearly every day of the week with a breathtaking variety of community groups. Here is a partial list: the local neighborhood association, the East Fort Worth 4-H Club, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Tarrant Actors Regional Theater, karate classes, Early Childhood Matters of Fort Worth, Upward Basketball, Cheerleading, Soccer, a Games Day for older adults, Rotary Club, a Bible Study aimed at women who have been homeless and/or victims of abuse. This summer the church will host Project Transformation, a residency for college students who will serve elementary school children in the neighborhood.

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Understandably, the neighborhood loves MUMC, and like many sacred places that anchor their communities, it is often taken for granted. The congregation faces two dilemmas.

First, how will they provide the volunteer labor to oversee all these outreach programs? Their membership is relatively small and aging; they have the will, but many of them are worn out.

A recent event might foreshadow a solution.

The Young Men’s Leadership Academy (YMLA) is a male-only school of the Fort Worth ISD, providing a rigorous college-prep curriculum. When their basketball team had no place to practice, MUMC’s Pastor, Rev. Marilyn Jones, saw an article about the problem in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Exemplifying this church’s openness, she contacted another congregational leader and proposed that they offer their gym. Once again, MUMC opened its heart and doors.

Simultaneously, Upwards Sports, a Christian organization which also utilizes the gym, experienced a need for coaches to guide their elementary school children. Rev. Jones suggested that the older boys at YMLA take on this task as a way of “playing forward” the gift they have received. They agreed, and all nine of the varsity players are now serving as coaches.

Is this a harbinger of things to come? Will the many groups that converge at MUMC learn to support each other with volunteers and resources? True to its nature, MUMC is flexible and sensitive to future opportunities.

But there is a second dilemma, one faced by most historic churches. Where will they get the funds to maintain the facility so many of their neighbors enjoy? They currently have a large debt from upgrading their heating/cooling system, and there are needed upgrades to the sanctuary as well as deferred maintenance on the roof.

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Gary Cumbie and Rev. Denise Bell-Blakely

MUMC is preparing for a capital campaign, and they approach it with their customary optimism.

“This church’s mission has been transformational for me,” says Cumbie. “I have learned that Christianity does not primarily provide a comfort zone. It gives us the opportunity to stretch.”

Rev. Bell-Blakley adds, “We are all committed to the evolution of this church, the next incarnation of what Meadowbrook is to be. With God, all things are possible.”

Stay tuned!
A Church That Inspires Us

The historic preservation movement began at the grassroots level, and this is where its deepest roots still thrive. A few passionate individuals can make all the difference in preserving their place’s history.

This was clearly evident when PSP visited St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Falls County, Texas. It was the fifth stop on a tour we led of 12 historic sacred places on February 27th, part of the Preservation Texas 2017 Summit.

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German settlers founded this church, originally known as St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran, in 1894, erecting its present structure in 1920. It is a beautiful example of the gothic revival style, with a corner bell and impressive stained glass windows. During its heyday, the church held 120 worshipers. Even today, in honor of their heritage, the congregation conducts Christmas Eve worship services partially in German.

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St. Paul’s motto is “Whoever you are and whatever your circumstances in life, God loves you, and you are welcome here.” However, their beautiful structure that allows this hospitality is in dire need of renovation. The basement walls that operate as a foundation are buckling inward severely.
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Given their small membership, it would be easy for the members of St. Paul’s to feel discouraged, even hopeless. Just the opposite is true. A corps of members is passionately motivated to save this sacred place that embodies so much of their past. They have established:

  • website that highlights the capital campaign and restoration needs.
  • Brochures and business cards to spread the appeal, including this phrase: “Please join us in preserving this beacon on the hill for future generations.”
  • crowd funding page that makes it easy to give.
  • A database of potential donors, including any living relatives of members whose history is part of St. Paul’s story.

One creative aspect of their website is a “memories” section, where a former member recently posted these words.

“I have so many fond memories of St. Paul’s. My grandfather, born in 1898, told of helping to dig the church basement. I remember spending Saturdays with my grandparents cleaning the church for Sunday service. My father was Sunday School Superintendent. I remember Christmas Eve pageants and having to pack all the costumes and stage curtain away before we could go home for our family celebration. To me, with its tall steeple and beautiful windows, St. Paul’s is a ‘church’s church.’ All my prayers and support for a successful restoration campaign!”

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Carol Dietrich, 69, is the Chairperson of the fundraising campaign. St. Paul’s is inseparably a part of her story; her extended family members – including her parents and grandparents – are all buried in the adjacent cemetery. Because of recent health problems, Carol had grown inactive, but that would soon change.

“I wasn’t living a purpose driven life,” she says with a smile. “Then the opportunity arose to chair our fundraising efforts, and I volunteered. I left there thinking ‘What have I done?’ Sure, I have struggled with doubts when I look at the money needed to repair our foundation. But every time I do, something great happens. I feel God is helping direct this effort. I will do everything in my power to make sure St. Paul’s survives.  There is so much history here, and this church has always been a cornerstone for this community. It would be such a shame to see it crumble.

“This has given me a new passion for living.”
Historic Churches Celebrate
First National Fund Training in Fort Worth

On October 23, 1819—a chilly morning in Boston Harbor—the sailing ship Thaddeus embarked for the “Sandwich Islands.” Among the passengers were Christian missionaries Asa and Lucy Goodale Thurston, accompanied by four Hawaiian youth.

They arrived at their destination on April 4, 1820. An entry in the ship’s journal says, “At 10 o’clock this morning, 163 days from Boston, we came to anchor…about a mile from the palace.” That palace belonged to King Kamehameha and Queen Regent Ka’ahumanu. The royal couple granted the Thurstons permission to teach their faith, and they founded Mokuaikaua Church, the first Christian congregation on the Hawaiian Islands.

By 1837, the congregants built a sanctuary adorned with recycled stones from an ancient Hawaiian temple. The interior featured lustrous koa wood. That structure, majestic and beautiful, still sits in the middle of Kailua Kona on the Big Island, welcoming over 4,000 visitors every month. It became part of the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.

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Mokuaikaua is one of 14 churches selected in the first round of the National Fund for Sacred Places. Made possible by grants from the Lilly Endowment, this partnership between PSP and the National Trust for Historic Preservation will provide up to $10 million in capital and development grants to 50 congregations of diverse faiths over the next four years.

Nine of the fourteen met in Fort Worth on January 23-25 for the first National Fund Training. Led by Partners’ staff, participants focused on effective capital campaigns. This will be vital as each team prepares to apply for matching grants ranging from $50,000 - $250,000. The nine represented a broad, fascinating cross-section of American sacred places, including:

  • Divine Redeemer Presbyterian Church (San Antonio, TX)
  • First Christian Reformed Church (Grand Rapids, MI)
  • Kadesh A.M.E. Zion Church (Edenton, NC)
  • Broad Bay Congregational United Church of Christ (Waldoboro, ME)
  • Mokuaikaua Church (Kailua-Kona, HI)
  • North Christian Church (Columbus, IN)
  • Trinity United Methodist Church (Idaho Falls, ID)
  • Trinity-St. Peter’s Episcopal Church (San Francisco, CA)
  • Urban Grace (Tacoma, WA)

David de Carvalho has been Pastor at Mokuaikaua since 2011. He says this about the training. “Partners for Sacred Places is highly skilled, professional, and efficient. It’s encouraging to know they will help us raise the money and community support we need. We will use the funds we obtain to repair the landmark steeple of our historic church.”

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The team from Kadesh AME Zion Church, Denton, North Carolina. (Left to right): Rev. Michael Gaddy; John Hildreth, VP National Trust, North Carolina; Mike Irvin, Executive Director of the Commission, Denton Historical Foundation

Our Director, Suzy Yowell, and Program Manager, Alison Hernandez worked tirelessly to coordinate the many details for the gathering.

“The level of energy, dedication, and talent was remarkable,” says Yowell. “This opportunity will be a game changer for both these congregations andtheir communities as they  preserve their rich spiritual, historical and architectural assets for generations to come.”

To read more about the congregations that participated in the training, click here


Partners for Sacred Places and the National Trust for Historic Preservation are pleased to announce the launch of an unprecedented $14 million National Fund for Sacred Places! The Fund is a program of Partners for Sacred Places in collaboration with the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The National Fund is supported by an Advisory Committee, bringing together faith leaders, architects, and philanthropists from across the country to inform the grant-making process. The Fund will provide up to $250,000 in capital grants (in addition to planning grants and tailored assistance) to at least 50 congregations of a diversity of faiths over four years.

We are excited that
Divine Redeemer (DR) Presbyterian Church in San Antonio has been selected as the first fund recipient from Texas. This congregation, along with its partner House of Neighborly Service has served for 100 years in one of San Antonio’s most difficult barrios. Founded as a Sunday School class for refugees from the Mexican Revolution in 1914, it has maintained a distinct heart for ministering to some of the most vulnerable residents of San Antonio. Here you can read a condensed Case Study or the booklet A Century of Service.”

Early participants at Divine Redeemer/House of Neighborly Service

DR recently participated in our New Dollars/New Partners training. It was a life-changing experience. Telling its story, understanding its assets more deeply, and reaching out for new funding and partners helped set the stage for this grant. Sharon Guerrero, one DR’s elders, says, "The time we spent with New Dollars/New Partners was so worthwhile. They provided a road map for our future."

Another unique aspect of DR is the pedigree of its mission-style sanctuary. Dedicated in 1951, it was designed by noted architect Harvey P. Smith, who had helped renovate both the Governor’s Mansion and two San Antonio Missions during the Depression. Smith was an early preservationist dedicated to restoring and maintaining the historical beauty and traditions of San Antonio. His legacy lives on today.

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DR will work to supplement this grant with a capital campaign of its own. Their excitement level is high, seen in these words from DR’s pastor, Reverend Rob Mueller:

“Divine Redeemer and our partner, House of Neighborly Service, are ecstatic to have been selected by the National Trust for the Preservation of Sacred Places initiative. About 3 ½ years ago we had an engineering firm look at the condition of our facility and discovered over $600,000 worth of necessary repairs and upgrades. That was incredibly discouraging, because as we looked at available resources, it felt impossible. This grant has turned the impossible into possible! Now we believe we can get our facility into a condition that makes it a delight to live and work in on a daily basis.” 

When it comes to the life of a sacred place, PSP knows that support at just the right time makes all the difference. Consider this example from Oak Lawn United Methodist Church, Dallas.

Oak Lawn is an anchor congregation in the Big D, one whose fabled history is decidedly Texan. The story goes that Rev. Hiram Cullum, an itinerate Methodist preacher, rallied the first congregants around his covered wagon in 1876 along the banks of Turtle Creek. Dallas had been officially incorporated only 20 years earlier.

The newly formed church bloomed with the city, eventually becoming a landmark that stretched an entire city block. And like many mainline churches, its trajectory took a painfully familiar arc – peaking in the 1950s with over 3,000 members, then declining significantly in the following decades.

During those years, the changes in Oak Lawn’s downtown neighborhood were immense. There was a period of when it shifted from an upscale environ to one considered undesirable. By the 1980s, property prices plummeted and many people fled. But throughout it all, Oak Lawn had a defining characteristic.

“Our commitment,” says Rev. Dr. Anna Hosemann-Butler, Oak Lawn’s Senior Pastor, “has been to stay in this neighborhood, to minister exactly where we are planted, no matter what economic or demographic changes we face.”

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For inner-city churches with huge facilities, that commitment can be difficult to sustain. The cost of maintaining the structure while paying staff and fueling ministries has caused many historic sacred places to close their doors forever.

In a bid to avoid this fate, Oak Lawn sought the help of PSP, participating in a 2007 New Partners/New Dollars training sponsored by the North Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church. After the training, Oak Lawn retained its close ties to PSP. In 2010 it applied for, and received, a small grant to conduct a building assessment. The report uncovered costly deferred maintenance, most notably the critical need to replace their roof which stretched three quarters of a block. Oak Lawn wondered, “Where will we get the funds for these repairs”

It was at this exact juncture that PSP provided a bridge to the future. Because of its reputation in fueling the restoration and revitalization of sacred places, PSP’s work with Oak Lawn attracted a donor willing to make a sizeable gift of $100,000, earmarked for Oak Lawn but administered through PSP.

How much difference did this make? Rev. Dr. Hosemann-Butler explains.

“When I first came on board at Oak Lawn, we were getting our new roof thanks to PSP. That grant was critical. It helped us not only replace our roof and accomplish other repairs; it allowed us to redirect funds to other areas of redevelopment.”

Suzy Yowell, Director of PSP’s Texas Office says, “The congregation of Oak Lawn doesn't just talk about embracing change and engaging their community, they live it!  In addition to the numerous programs they host inside their building, they also take their mission and energy into the neighborhood. The people and businesses around them see the congregation as friendly and accepting neighbors who provide for the needs of others. Truly knowing and understanding your community plays a key role in setting the stage for long-term sustainability. Oak Lawn is a model for this!”
Moving into Our Next Ten Years

The PSP – Texas Office turns ten years old this year. We are receiving an unprecedented number of inquiries about our programs and services, and we will highlight new partnerships as they develop. Until then, here are four projects about which we are very excited.

Carmelite Monastery in Stanton, Texas: Mentioned in a previous newsletter, this is a partnership with the Martin County Convent, Inc. in their efforts to preserve this existing 1884 adobe structure. At the very moment this newsletter is released, PSP is conducting a community discovery study to help local stakeholders define a clearer vision for the future use of the site. The restoration has already begun as evidenced in these two recent photos.

Art in Sacred Places (AisP): PSP encourages space sharing as a vital way for sacred places to serve their communities. Too often, large spaces like fellowship halls, classrooms, and kitchens go dormant and underutilized during the week.

A unique program under this heading is AiSP. In 2015, with a grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, PSP conducted a study in three major cities - Detroit, Baltimore, and Austin. The purpose was to see how sacred places could help meet the space needs of artists - especially emerging dance and theater groups struggling to get established.

Austin was a perfect candidate. Long known for a music scene that rivals Nashville, it has shown through events like South by Southwest that its creative community extends to all media: film, theater, dance, visual arts, and literature. This thriving art scene contributes nearly a quarter of a billion in revenue to the local economy each year. However, the skyrocketing growth and increased real estate prices in Austin have made it extremely difficult for emerging artists to find rental/retail space for their activities. The PSP study showed that sacred places in Austin can be instrumental in meeting this need.

Now, with new grant money from both the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the City of Austin’s Department of Economic Development, PSP will move to the next phase. With the help of the Austin Creative Alliance, a Partner’s consultant will further develop the congregational and artist database already in place, hold focus groups and training workshops, facilitate the partnership process, and identify a way to establish a shared administrative co-op facility for artists.

Stay tuned for updates on this far-reaching and meaningful movement!

Leadership Fort Worth (LFW): PSP understands and values the power of great partnerships that benefit our communities. That’s why we are excited that LFW has chosen to focus their attention this year on Partners collaborative work with Early Childhood Intervention of North Texas. Together, we will facilitate space matches that place this critical programming for developmentally delayed children in welcoming historic sacred places throughout Fort Worth.

LFW is one of the oldest community leadership programs in the nation. It brings together a diverse group of Fort Worth decision makers who want to broaden their perspectives and use their resources to address identified needs in our community. It is an honor to partner with them!

The Texas Sacred Places Project: This online archive has long been cheered and supported by a multitude of Texas universities, architects and preservation organizations across the state. The project is now entering phase two, a resource center for rural congregations to access Partner’s programs and connect with advocates and resources throughout Texas.

Hope is Alive at Fain Presbyterian Church, Wichita Falls, Texas

Historic churches impact their communities through service and beautiful architecture. Fain Presbyterian Church (FPC), Wichita Falls, fits this role perfectly. And right now, following years of struggle, it is discovering new hope with the help of PSP.

Founded in the 1880s, Fain grew slowly, changing locations numerous times. After almost failing during WWII, it entered its Golden Age, riding the postwar boom that swept through America.

“It was a prosperous era,” says Dave Crawford, Fain’s Pastor since 2000. “Oil money poured into Wichita Falls, as well an influx of new residents. The church developed great leadership, involving itself in local and international mission. This has always been a very special place to the community.”

The Fains, a prominent local family, donated matching funds to purchase land and construct a building near the Country Club. It’s a beautiful, neo-gothic structure, an architectural treasure of north Texas, complete with a basement basketball court. Over the years, FPC has generously shared its quarters with civic groups like Cub Scouts, the Presbyterian Children’s home, AA, and a Men’s Bible Study.

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FPC bucked national trends for mainline denominations. It stayed viable well into the ‘80s. But as children moved away and the congregation aged, it dipped from 400 members to less than 100. Crawford, with a background in church redevelopment, knew something radical needed to happen. Other FPC leaders agreed.

Their first step was to get involved with New Beginnings, a revitalization program of the Presbyterian Church (USA). “We returned from a national conference,” says Crawford, “and immediately formed small groups to discuss our history and hopes for the future. Our members took it seriously. It helped us stop clinging to a past that will never return.”

One of the most significant challenges facing FPC is the size and condition of its aged building. Historic stained glass windows need refurbishing. A sanctuary wall damaged by an extended drought demands replacement. The cost of these repairs and ongoing maintenance are too much for FPC. They are currently seeking someone to occupy the premises, and have spoken with numerous organizations. Anyone who takes on the project will have to spend a small fortune in repair and retrofitting. If that organization will also allow them to stay, FPC would love it.

Despite these daunting obstacles, FPC has not given up. They recently took another step by retaining the services of PSP.

"I am grateful for the opportunity to work with a congregation in Wichita Falls and give something back to this amazing community," says Suzy Yowell, Director of PSP's Texas Office. "We have ties that bind us to this city since our original start up money for the Texas office was a $1 million dollar grant from the Wichita Falls Community Foundation-Dick Bundy Donor Advised Fund in 2006."

Enlivened by PSP’s assistance - especially asset mapping - FPC has come to believe they will survive in a new form, perhaps in a new place.

 “Simultaneously,” adds Crawford, “God has provided a unique opportunity. We are hosting a new congregation that split off from First Presbyterian, and we are exploring the possibility of merging with them.”

This story is not finished. It can encourage many churches across the U.S. facing similar challenges.

“Our core leadership remains very open to change,” says Crawford. “There has been a huge attitudinal shift. New Beginningshelped us leave the past behind, and PSP is giving us viable paths to the future. We are hopeful!”
Spotlight on Our Program Manager

Alison Hernandez, Program Manager of PSP’s Texas Office, has a passion for historical preservation. She pursued it to the completion of her Master’s Degree from the University of Georgia: “A Study of German-Texan Cultural Identity through Sacred Architecture.”

“My Grandmother’s family was part of the 1830s wave of German immigration to Texas,” says Alison. “I was drawn to researching the rural churches of these immigrants once I learned I had ties to them.  I argued in my thesis that these sacred sites stand in many cases as the last physical vestiges of this particular cultural identity. They are places of homecoming for those that identify as German-Texan.”

Alison originally started as an Intern with PSP, helping with the Texas Sacred Places Project, documenting historic sites. In 2013 she was hired as Program Manager, and now helps coordinate programs, R&D, and grant writing for the Texas Region.

A native of the Dallas-Fort Worth Area, Alison graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with a B.S. in Architecture.  While at UTA, she collaborated with BC (Building Communities) Workshop Dallas on the Congo Street Green Initiative in the East Dallas neighborhood of Jubilee Park, a project that received the AIA/HUD Secretary’s Award for Excellence in Community-Informed Design.  While studying in Georgia, Alison contributed to the Stratford Hall Cultural Landscape Laboratory, a collaborative venture of the Robert E. Lee Memorial Association and the University of Georgia, College of Environmental Design, whose work is to develop and implement the future management and interpretation of Stratford Hall’s highly significant cultural landscape.

Alison is busy on many fronts. She is preparing grant proposals to bolster our Texas Sacred Places Project website as well as our Rural Program Development. She is researching the history of Divine Redeemer Presbyterian Church in San Antonio to help prepare them for a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark nomination in the fall. And she recently began coordinating an asset mapping workshop for Fain Presbyterian Church in Wichita Falls.

“I’m excited about PSP’s future,” she says, “We are on the cusp of expansion within the Texas Region, and I look forward to bringing Partners’ mission to new areas throughout the state as we foster new relationships.”

From Skeptic to Believer

At first, Rev. Abril Goforth, Pastor of Buckingham United Methodist Church in Garland, Texas, was skeptical. Would PSP’s Strategic Investment in Sacred Places (SiSP), be just another trendy attempt at church revitalization?

As she and her congregation got engaged, her attitude quickly shifted.

The first task in SiSP is to write a comprehensive history of one’s faith community. When Goforth and other leaders were finished, they wove that saga into an Advent worship series called “Journey to Bethlehem.”

“We began in the building space where people initially worshipped after the church’s foundation. During that service, many talked about our origins. Then we moved down the hallway, into the education wing, and finally into the sanctuary, ending where we now worship. It was a moving and powerful reenactment of our journey, helping us celebrate our history.”

In January of this year, the church’s leadership had a planning meeting, not always the most exciting date on a church calendar. But Asset Mapping, a skill they learned in SiSP, made all the difference.

“We brainstormed about our gifts and resources, posting them on a wall. It became clear how many teachers and school administrators are part of this church. This natural affinity led us to adopt Golden Meadows, a nearby Elementary School. We are providing extra supplies, tutoring, and recently assisted a family whose home had burned. It’s a wonderful outreach.”

Asset mapping sparked another idea. The church has a swath of green space surrounding it, and though it harbors a small community garden, the land was underutilized.

“We thought of all the people in our community,” says Goforth, “who walk their dogs here, taking selfies, enjoying the oasis. Why not put up a sign that says You and your dogs are welcome! along with a bag dispenser. This simple gesture made our grounds more inviting to the neighborhood.”

Finally, Buckingham’s leadership team conducted a thorough building assessment, including what it will cost to replace a sanctuary wall damaged by years of water seepage. The estimate, even after insurance, was sizeable.

“I thought this would cause considerable angst,” says Goforth. “Instead, our leadership said ‘let’s do this, even if we have to take out a loan!’ It showed a renewed vigor and confidence about the future.”

Reclaiming our history, understanding our assets, welcoming the community, stirring hope for the future: SiSP has helped Buckingham UMC ignite new spirit and initiative in each of these areas.

Goforth’s skepticism has morphed into gratitude.

Texas Kudos for New Dollars/New Partners Training!

This signature PSP training is having an enormous impact in the Lone Star State. Listen to what some participants have to say. 

“The information we gained is having an ongoing impact in the life of our church. We are increasingly viewing our building as an asset to our community, not just a liability that drains resources from other ministry areas. We have shifted from a reactive to a proactive approach in seeking partnerships and resources. Our leadership is grateful for the opportunity to participate in New Dollars/New Partners. Fruit is being produced with more expected in the future!” - Rev. Monte Marshall, Senior Pastor, Travis Park United Methodist Church, San Antonio, Texas 

"The time we spent with New Dollars/New Partners was so worthwhile. They provided a road map for our future." Sharon Guerrro, Elder, Divine Redeemer Presbyterian, San Antonio, Texas

"Partners for Sacred Places gave us inspiration and practical support as we discovered ways to ensure that our 100 year-old church would shine the light of God's love in our community long into the future. The program provided a structure from which to form a vision and create a path of action.” -  Pastor Jorge Zayasbazan, Baptist Temple, San Antonio, Texas

Lost Sacred Spaces of Dallas

If you live in the DFW area, don't miss this event on May 10th, 2016
LOST SACRED SPACES OF DALLAS: At the turn of the 20th century, the churches and synagogues of Dallas were the most prominent features on the city’s early skyline. Today, many of these churches and synagogues have been lost or completely forgotten as Dallas has evolved and grown into a modern city. These sacred structures not only document the religious history of the city of Dallas, but also highlight the work of the city’s early architects such as James Edward Flanders.
This event is part of the Dallas Historical Society's Brown Bag Lecture Series. The speakers will be Bob Jaeger, President and co-founder of Partners for Sacred Places, and Alison Hernandez, Program Manager for Partners’ Texas office. Here is the registration link for more info: