Facility Management Archives - Church Executive


Proactive, preventive church facility maintenance is the way to go

As I’ve studied the facilities management field and researched the cause and effect of the decay of everything we build, I’m more confused about why we, as God’s stewards, do such a poor job of fulfilling those duties. We would rather put off today what we can go into debt for tomorrow. Hmm. Is that good stewardship? Sounds like many government officials.

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7 deadly sins of being “unintentional” with your facilities

If you have read my blog for long or follow me on social media, you know that I have 100% embraced the word (and its meaning) INTENTIONAL. We call our initial visioning session the “Intentional Workshop.” We have developed the “Intentional Church Series” manual, and I use the hashtag #intentional with most of my posts.

I believe in being intentional … deliberate … on purpose.

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The role of a facility manager: then vs. now

In our previous series installment, we explored the vast contrasts between facility management and facility maintenance. The chasm has grown significantly over the past few decades. And, over the next several years, I believe it will grow at even a greater rate. Why?
Because these facilities’ levels of complexity require a certain level of expertise and proactive thinking. Additionally, houses of worship are being more intentional with the care and life cycle management of their facilities.

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Facility management vs. maintenance

Over the past 30-plus years, I have met with dozens of church business administrators, executive pastors, operations pastors / directors and facility personnel. I have observed their roles, job descriptions, budget, means and methods. As I have evaluated these experiences, I believe there to be a significant discrepancy between facilities management and facilities maintenance.

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6 questions to challenge your church facility technical know-how

If you haven’t intentionally committed as much time in making it one of the most efficient and effective operational systems as you have developing your network and IT infrastructure, you have missed an incredible opportunity to impact the financial status of your church. Also, remember that your facilities will have one of (if not the longest) life cycle of any other component of your operational systems.

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6 steps to avoid the ‘transition gap’ between construction and operations

In far too many cases, the process of creating a new building typically follows the linear path of planning, design, construction, turnover and operations. This no longer works (at least, not effectively).

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Generic ketchup

When I see generic ketchup at a restaurant, I say to myself: If they’re willing to save a penny per customer (two pennies at the most) by using generic ketchup – and this is one of the most visible condiments – then how are they saving money in the kitchen?

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