In my years as an executive pastor, not ever having facilities staff, I had to develop a team of volunteers and contractors that handled the facilities maintenance program. I remember talking to one of the contractors one day when the "ongoing nature" of facilities maintenance came up. I said, "The facilities game never ends!" Since then, I've said it dozens of times. I know from first-hand experience that taking … [Read more...]
A Place For Everything And Everything In Its Place
Learning The Ins And Outs Of An Operational Must!
The more I serve in this capacity, the more I realize that much of what I’ve learned over my years in corporate applies to managing the church. “Doing church” each weekend is a lot about logistics. You know, having everything you need, where and when you need it. Pulling this off, especially in a multi-purpose facility, is difficult. Over time, everything gets shuffled, and the clutter and inefficiency stifle you … [Read more...]
Casting Vision For Using Church Property As An Outreach Tool
From the very beginning, our vision for our facility was somewhat unique. We said we wanted our facility to be used by the community 24 x 7. We were not going to have the kind of building where we lock the doors on Sunday afternoon and reopen the following Sunday morning. We wanted the kind of campus that people came to throughout the week for all kinds of different reasons. While I would acknowledge that most … [Read more...]