One of CVTA’s Trustees, Ian Simpson, who is a Heritage Officer in Liverpool Diocese, held a Seminar in February 2016 for clergy and others within his Diocese with the aim of encouraging churches to open their doors.
There are two powerpoints which he presented on the day which cover not only why churches should be open, but guidance on how to do it effectively.
The first one entitled one entitled Fling Open the Gates! covers the reasons people give for not opening and breaks them down one by one, offering sensible and practical advice listing the steps you can take to increase security and minimize risk. It also talks about what you can do to provide a real welcome for people.
The second one entitled Improving the Visitor Experience takes you through all the elements of how you can provide a real experience for visitors and tell your story both the history of your building and your community as well as your faith. There are also tips on publicity and maximizing visitor revenue,