Gone for Good?: Negotiating the Coming Wave of Church Property Transition (Book Launch)

Upper House Events

05-02-2024 • 1 hr 32 mins

By 2030, as many as 100,000 church buildings and billions of dollars of church-owned property are expected to be sold or repurposed throughout the U.S. — representing the loss of gathering places and even social services in communities nationwide. According to Mark Elsdon, author and editor of Gone for Good: Negotiating the Coming Wave of Church Property Transition (Eerdmans, 2024), the transfer of church property is both a critical issue and an opportunity for church and community leaders seeking to serve the common good. How do we face the issues and opportunities head-on and mission-minded?

This event was a book launch and conversation at Upper House with Mark Elsdon, Executive Director of Pres House and Co-Founder and Lead Builder of Rooted Good, who will address how church properties have been creatively redeployed to serve the common good.

Also joining were other book contributors:

  • Kurt Paulsen (appearing in person), professor of urban planning in the Department of Planning and Landscape Architecture at UW-Madison
  • Joseph Daniels, Jr. (live via Zoom), lead pastor of the Emory Fellowship in Washington D.C.
  • Coté Soerens (live via Zoom), social innovator at the Center for Transformative Neighborhoods at Trinity Christian College

You might be especially interested in this event if you are a Senior Pastor, Executive Pastor, Facilities Manager for a church, CFO/Treasurer, or city planning staff.


This event was recorded live at Upper House on January 17, 2024.


View this recorded event on YouTube = https://youtu.be/Q7kv_JRRwK4