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Because of the spiritual and emotional significance of religious spaces, it’s important to approach them sensitively. In particular, conflict can arise if there’s a feeling that preservationists are prioritizing the building over the religious group’s spiritual needs.
This toolkit offers 10 questions local preservationists should ask to make sure they're keeping the congregation’s needs at the forefront of the preservation process. Part Two delves deeper into the nitty-gritty of the rehabilitation and/or re-use of religious buildings. (Read part two: http://blog.preservationnation.org/2013/08/06/10-on-tuesday-how-to-preserve-places-of-worship-part-two/)