ChurchesWith their focus on social and moral values, churches often struggle with the concept of being run like businesses. Pressure is often placed on strained budgets to address maintenance and upkeep, especially in older historic buildings. Not unlike schools, religious buildings play a fundamental role in the community. They define local history and provide vital space for social services and their religious impact. If abandoned, churches can often be used in a manner that will promote economic development, provide housing and strengthen community ties. A key first step is to determine the historic and architectural significance of the property to the community. More information is available with this Preservation Nation Worship Preservation Toolkit.