There was an interesting story on the CBC entitled “From sacred to secular: Canada set to lose 9,000 churches, warns national heritage group“.  it is well worth reading and discusses how over the next few decades thousands of different religious buildings may be closed down.

While some of these buildings may be of tremendous architectural value I am sure that many are not.   While some may be the absolute hub of the community, others are not and might be draining the resources of the few remaining community members.

People are setting up new religious groups all the time.  People move to different areas and do you still need so many different religious buildings in communities that have shrunk in size?

What was largely missed in this article is the huge opportunity that selling off real estate can provide to certain congregations to have a huge impact with resources that they have.  Congregations have sold their church building and taken the funds to support specific charitable initiatives or beneficiary groups.   Those resources can have a large impact instead of sitting largely empty.

If you are going to be dealing with a major decision like selling your remaining property it is best to obtain expert advice long before you make the decision.  There are many legal, practical and ethical issues to consider.