Empty churches, a waste of space?
We live in an increasingly secular society, causing many churches in the Netherlands to be left vacant, or in financial trouble due to decreasing activities and members. Meanwhile, young generations are more and more searching for (secular) meaning in life and in work. Can we use old churches as new sites for secular reflection?
Together with Sander and Stephan Ummelen from consultancy ValuesDriven (Waardengedreven), specialized in engaging companies on the search for meaning, we are reimagining the role of churches within contemporary society. We involve local communities and give them a voice in adding meaning to religious heritage, as well as help current management explore innovative ideas on the role of religious heritage sites in today’s society.
- Thematic events on the future of religious heritage in the Netherlands
- Online and offline workshops for organizations and church boards who are looking for guidance in their process to engage with new audiences and local communities.
- Long-term coaching to guide churches towards new strategies, purposes, and business models.
More information on our strategy can be read here (in Dutch): www.kerkvernieuwers.nl