Development of a budgeting procedure for maintenance measures for church buildings in cooperation with the Protestant Church in Baden


In times of declining tax revenues and declining membership, the maintenance of sacred buildings is a major challenge for churches worldwide. Those responsible for maintenance are regularly asked to save costs, but at the same time to ensure the optimal value and function of more than 45,000 places of worship in Germany. However, the structural diversity of the buildings and the special features in use, equipment and significance of the church buildings, coupled with a lack of knowledge about the relevance of maintenance, make reliable maintenance planning almost impossible.


On the basis of real maintenance data of 30 church buildings of the Protestant regional church in Baden, the costs of measures for sacral buildings are for the first time structured and comprehensively evaluated in the form of a database. The aim is to show and evaluate the relevant, maintenance-relevant correlations for sacral buildings in order to enable improved planning of the necessary maintenance budget in the future in the form of a new calculation model.