Many churches own and manage their own buildings and know only too well how challenging and expensive this can be. Yet this property is also a major asset for the church and, with enterprising management, can be used to support mission and church growth.
CTC regularly works with churches in London to support them in making the most of their land and buildings for mission.
We have researched how churches in London use their buildings and how this could be greatly strengthened with new approaches. The report ‘Assets not Burdens’ is available now.
Alongside this report, we have also published some short complementary case studies:
– St David’s, Islington – The story of how an old church building has been brought back into use through a comprehensive redevelopment and is now in active use throughout the week.
– Ark Co-Working Space, King’s Cross – The story of how a growing church plant has established a new co-working space in an old Victorian building in King’s Cross to help build community amongst freelancers and social enterprises.
The Centre has worked closely with a number of partners to develop London’s first Missional Housing Bond. We have raised almost £1 million and two properties have been purchased, in Bethnal Green and near Old Street. You can read the stories of the two flats and their occupants here.
The purpose of the Bond is to support the church’s mission in deprived communities in London through the provision of affordable rented housing for key church missional workers.
The cost of housing, including rented housing, in even the most deprived areas of London is now so high that it has become a significant obstacle to church mission. For a lot of missional work, living locally is essential to the work.
The aim of the Bond is to raise social investment to buy homes in London which can then be rented out, at well below-market levels, to church workers involved in mission in some of London’s most disadvantaged communities.
Since the summer of 2014, CTC has been working with the Parish of St Andrew-by-the-Wardrobe in the City of London on an exciting project to develop a new kind of cleaning business.
In research conducted by CTC in the parish, we found that as thousands of well-paid City workers depart from their offices each day, a small army of low-paid cleaning staff enter the City to clean those same offices. The differences in their working experiences were stark. Sadly in recent years the cleaning sector in London has developed a reputation for low pay and poor working conditions. So, the parish, with support from CTC decided to do something about it. Let’s run a new kind of cleaning company which will set a new direction in the cleaning sector.
Clean For Good is a business with a social purpose. It will provide an excellent cleaning service to small and medium sized organisations across central and inner London. But it will also do so in an ethical way, by treating its cleaners well:
We want to be the best cleaning company in London – providing the best service and experience for our customers, and the best experience for our cleaners.
We are raising our final investments and setting up the company and its leadership team.
Why is CTC involved in this? Part of our mission as a charity is to help churches mobilise their assets and opportunities, and we believe that enterprise is one important way of doing this. CTC led the development of the Business Plan for Clean for Good and is now leading the project. The Parish of St Andrew-by-the-Wardrobe has played a key role, as have our founder investors and a growing number of professional advisors and supporters.
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