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Sky News: Future of UK churches at risk unless they reimagine their buildings, report finds


A study by Helen Haugh, Associate Professor in Community Enterprise and Research Director of the Centre for Social Innovation at Cambridge Judge Business School, is featured in this “latest news” article on Sky.

According to an audit of churches carried out in Cambridgeshire and West Norfolk, a third of the UK’s church buildings cost more money each year than they are able to raise, and only one in five is financially profitable, the article says.

“Evaluating the success of the church in terms of the amount of funds it raises and the size of its congregation undervalues the contribution that churches and church buildings make to a community. There are options for churches that struggle with financial sustainability, the least preferred of which is to close the church. Our research is about finding ways to keep churches open.” Helen says.

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