5 Tips for Managing Church Facilities
By: Neal Peters
Churches are so much more than buildings. They are places of worship, community, and connection. They have great meaning beyond simply floors, walls, and windows. That’s why it can be difficult to think of a church as a “facility.”
And yet, in order for a church to continue playing the important role it does in people’s lives, the church building must be maintained. Like every facility, churches need comprehensive care, consistent management and future planning.
In a nutshell, every church needs facility management.
Some churches have a specific individual who fulfills the facility manager (FM) role, while others rely on volunteers and the community to get the job done. Either way, doing the job effectively requires strategic thinking.
Why Facility Management Is Important for Churches
* Safety – You want to make sure all members of your congregation have a safe and healthy environment to gather.
* Appearance – You want to make sure the appearance and condition of your church has a positive impact on the people who visit it.
* Function – You want to make sure your church is able to do its job, giving your members the space and tools they need to flourish.
Five Tips for Effective Church Facility Management
1. Take a preventative approach to maintenance.
By taking a preventative approach to maintenance, you can avoid this trap. Regularly inspect all areas of your church and plan for replacements ahead of time. This can help you avoid the financial challenges and organizational setbacks that come from sudden catastrophes.
2. Look for ways to increase energy efficiency.
A good place to start is by having an energy audit to see if and where there are opportunities to reduce energy usage. Some of the most common ways to increase church energy efficiency include lighting, heating and cooling systems, and roofing materials.
3. Develop a cleaning and landscaping schedule.
One the easiest ways to keep your church looking good is by having a church cleaning schedule. Have regular times set up for landscaping, cleaning, dusting, window washing, etc., each month. This will automate the process and keep you from playing catch-up all the time.
4. Don’t overlook the importance of carpet care.
Since commercial carpeting can be expensive to replace, your goal should be to extend the useful life of your church carpeting as long as possible. Getting an extra couple years out of your carpet through a carpet maintenance program can save you tens of thousands of dollars.
5. Get the community involved in facility maintenance.
Recruiting volunteers to help with things like cleaning, landscaping, and maintenance will not only save your church some money, it will give congregation members a greater sense of purpose and involvement.
If you can improve the condition of your church and unite and strengthen your community at the same time, that’s definitely a win-win.
Part of the team that founded DPM Care, Neal Peters has 20 years of experience in carpet and flooring manufacturing and 18 years in the floor care industry, www.dpmcare.com.