A financial crisis at Peterborough Cathedral has prompted the Church of England to launch an investigation into finances across the UK.
There have been 14 redundancies at the Cambridgeshire landmark which also needed an emergency loan to ensure its survival.
Visitors and worshippers in Peterborough donate £300,000 pounds a year to the cathedral. But that does not even cover the a quarter of the cathedral's running costs.
The Acting Dean of the cathedral, The Rev Canon Jonathan Baker, said a lack of financial knowledge among the church community had been its downfall.
It is a problem facing many of the country's cathedrals - which is the reason the Archbishops of Canterbury and York have set up a cathedrals working group to look at the issue.
They want to make sure the churches have strong foundations that will keep them running for many years to come.
Peterborough Cathedral knows it needs to move with the times - and find increasingly imaginative ways to bring in money.
It has led to some impressive sights at the cathedral - including a bishop abseiling down its west front this time last year.
The latest project is a new tearoom, which will open on Easter Monday, and the diocese makes the most of its secular attractions including the tomb of Henry Eighth’s first wife, Katherine of Aragon.
But it still struggles to attract as many visitors as cathedrals like York. Stuart Orme, Peterborough's Director of Operations, believes that is at least partly down to the city's reputation.
Ely Cathedral now charges visitors an entry fee. It raises money, and its profile, by being used as a film-set.
And while Norwich Cathedral, which has a large property portfolio, managed to end the financial year with a cash surplus, it is one of the exceptions.
Spiritual sanctuaries need to find a way to survive in the world of business.
That will mean keeping an eye on the bottom line at the same time as looking to the heavens for guidance.
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