Case Studies

The majority of TCC’s projects involve some degree of partnership with other agencies or Churches. It should also be noted that all projects are in a process of ongoing development; some are being planned and delivered, others are reaching the end of their lives.

Some of the current projects are: 

Poulton-le-Fylde Methodist Church (Lancashire District)

Poulton Methodist Church are an active and engaged church with a Mission and a Vision to serve their community! They had already developed a church plan for refurbishing their building, creating extra space, and making their church more environmentally sustainable.

They also wanted to make the church more accessible to disabled community members.

TCC were engaged to support the church development group and search for further funding, towards an overall target of £189,500; and to write and make applications to suitable funders.

We helped the church access a Methodist Property Grant of £45,000, as well as other funds from trusts and other bodies, helping them to achieve their goals in good time.

TCC can help with all aspects of funding church projects, from developing a suitable business plan, to advice on which funders to apply to, all the way through to drafting applications and monitoring project outcomes. We can step in whenever required, to provide a service tailored to your needs.

There is a cost to this service, please contact TCC for more information:

North Cumbria Methodist Circuit (Cumbria District)

For the future: TCC has recently been commissioned to carry out a full review of two Churches within the Circuit and support the Circuit in developing a strategic plan based on the outcomes of the reviews and conversations across the wider Circuit, watch this space….

Church Reviews

TCC provides a range of review programmes; from a short, mixed assessment of a Church’s attributes, to a full review of Church life taking about 18 months to complete. We also work with Circuits to develop strategic plans based on reviews of their Churches.

Claremount Methodist Church (Liverpool District)

Claremount were considering the way forward in terms of a capital project and (community/faith) development opportunities. TCC suggested that carrying out a short review would provide sufficient information for Church Council to make a decision on the way forward.

We introduced this to the Church, gathered all the relevant information and carried out a piece of work with the congregation at worship to seek their views.

The culmination of the work indicated that there may be a need for capital works but not immediately, however, there was a strong need for a faith-based development worker to support the Church in growing and sharing faith. A worker has recently been appointed and will start work soon (TCC supported the recruitment of the worker as another piece of work).

Uppermill Methodist Church (Manchester and Stockport District)

TCC has been working alongside the Church for around 18 months’ carrying out a full review of the Church. A steering group was set up and we have been meeting every month over this period. The review has analysed all aspects of Church life to produce a final report and a draft action plan.

TCC delivered a range of activities to ensure as many of the people in the Church, both members and users, were able to have their say. Individual interviews, attendance at coffee mornings and a user survey of Church facilities were used, in addition to the work with the congregation.

The final plan was received by Church Council and a follow up meeting was arranged to complete the action plan and agree a way forward.

Rochdale and Littleborough Circuit

Four Churches of a Section of the Circuit engaged with TCC to carry out a RAG Rating (Red, Amber, Green) assessment of the governance areas of the Churches. TCC collated a range of information; policies and procedures, minutes of Church Council and other committees, financial reports and SOFAs and quinquennials to provide a review of what is available, what the gaps were and what support was required for the future.

The results varied, in addition to the report for each Church, TCC provided a suite of draft policies and procedures, suggested a governance training session and where identified, other interventions as necessary.

This work was to ensure that governance of the Churches is appropriate and any potential areas of liability were minimised.

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