Places of faith anchor and shape our communities. Yet many congregations are facing declining attendance and insufficient funding to maintain and operate their historic buildings. These important community assets are in a period of transition across the country, and the Hamilton Region is no exception. What is their future? How can they continue to contribute in a positive way to their communities? Whether it is to keep their doors open through renewed focus on missional work, collaborations to generate new revenue streams, or making strategic real estate decisions, or through meeting community needs under a new ownership structure, the future of these places depends on urgent collaboration among faith group leaders, community organizations, elected officials, the heritage and business communities, universities and more.

The National Trust for Canada and Faith & The Common Good are excited to offer this half-day workshop that will share inspiring examples from across the country and proven regeneration strategies and tools that can be applied to all types of places of faith, regardless of their ownership.

Date: Wednesday, October 19, 2016  

Time: 9:00am – noon  

Location: tbd, Hamilton

Who Should Attend?

  • Faith groups, heritage and community organizations that are facing the need to regenerate a place of faith.

Workshop Outline:

Section I: Context – Places of Faith At Risk & Hope and Inspiration

  • National trends in places of faith at risk, statistical analysis, environmental scan of who is doing what
  • Examples of places that have successfully regenerated: both with continued faith uses, and adaptive new uses that continue to contribute to community

Section II: Getting Your Mission & Vision Right

  • Critical first step is clearly knowing what you want to be – whether it remains faith/missional focus, or alternative vision for the site
  • Introduction into governance readiness / capacity / organizational framework

Section III: Understanding Your Property

  • What you need to know about your place in order to make good real estate and business planning decisions: constraints & opportunities

Section IV: Generating Revenue

  • What revenue generation options are realistic to be considered for places of faith? What are the factors to be considered to make them successful?

Workshop Leaders:

Kendra Fry Kendra Fry is a community facilitator whose professional life has focused around theatre and public gathering spaces.  She has been a General Manager for 15 years including managing the iconic Theatre Passe Muraille in Toronto.  Currently with Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre for Faith, Justice and the Arts Kendra has endeavoured to bridge sectors for community betterment. She is charged with liaising between resident companies like Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Annex Montessori School and over 300 other user groups to engender a vibrant intergenerational community on behalf of Trinity-St. Paul’s United Church.

In addition to her position at Trinity-St. Paul’s Kendra is a consultant with Faith and the Common Good, working on the Rural Faith Places Project in concert with the National Trust for Canada and the Rural Ontario Institute.

Robert Pajot has over 25 years of experience in the fields of heritage conservation theory and practice, real property management and development, and training delivery. During his 18 years with Public Works and Government Services Canada, Robert oversaw heritage conservation best practices and business development, led national performance and marketing strategies, and provided oversight for project teams. Prior to the federal government, Robert worked for the City of Ottawa as Assistant Heritage Planner, and in the private sector, where he put his skills as a trained heritage carpenter into practice. Robert is leading the National Trust’s newest regeneration tool, Launch Pad.


Registration Fee:

  • $75 for registered conference delegates
  • $100 for those not registered for the National Trust Conference 2016.(Choose Registration Type “Roundtable, Workshops and Tours Only)
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