In recent decades the significance and role of religion in everyday social life has changed fundamentally. On the other hand, the number of churches and church community buildings, of residential and office buildings on church sites, in short, the ecclesiastic real estate portfolio, has remained largely unchanged. This building stock is used by a shrinking number of active church members — and must be maintained by them. Could this legacy not serve very different social needs? The acute level of vacancy could offer churches a chance to make themselves more noticeable in social life once again. In the next issue we discuss successful conversions.