In Britain today, many church buildings constitute a significant part of the country’s heritage. Some are “listed” or in conservation areas and many more have architectural or historic merit. Many new churches are innovative and significant, both architecturally and theologically so it is important that these buildings are properly maintained for future generations.

Church Councils and Circuit Meetings, as Managing Trustees, have responsibility for the maintenance and repair of church property. This involves annual inspections, professional five yearly inspections (known as quinquennial inspections) and the reports produced form part of an important historical record of the buildings and area.

Details of the District Property Strategy can be found at the link below and more technical notes and guidance can be found on the Methodist Church website at:

www.methodist.org.uk

The enormous value of voluntary property work carried out by church members is significant and their work on behalf of the managing trustees is recognised.

The policy can be downloaded here: 8._Property