This guide consists of a manual for Romanian rural communities that wish to use and properly maintain wooden churches in their villages. It can be used as guide for other areas aside from the ones included in the program 60 Wooden Churches started in 2009 by architect Șerban Sturdza. That year, the Order of Romanian Architects and Pro Patrimonio Foundation began emergency interventions on wooden churches in Sibiu, Hunedoara, Gorj and Vâlcea counties, most of them cemetery chapels, often abandoned, all of them labelled historical monuments in a serious state of artistic and structural decay. The guide was published with the help of the European Investment Bank Institute through the program The Seven Most Endangered Heritage Sites in Europe in partnership with the organisation Europa Nostra that included the wooden churches in Romania in 2014.
The idea to write such a guide came from different talks with priests and mayors charged with old wooden churches placed in cemeteries and abandoned by parishioners.