A couple weeks ago, Worship Facilities Magazine published an article about the need for churches to have a CMMS program. For those of you not involved with Facility Management on a daily basis, let me explain what CMMS is:
CMMS = Computerized Maintenance Management System
In short, this is your facility management software. How you track work orders, establish preventive maintenance, track inventory and manage your equipment. It is really that simple.
This article was written by Martin Sinderman…and while I am biased…he did a great job to explain the reason why nearly every church needs such a program. Remember, our facilities have been ENTRUSTED to us…and as such we are to steward them the best way we can.
The article started off asking some very basic question:
Are you in charge of overseeing the overall functioning of your worship facilities’ physical plant? Does your facility have multiple rooms with activities going on more than once or twice a week? Do you need to keep track of what’s going on in the maintenance-and-repairs department?
If so, chances are good that a facilities management software program would make your life a lot easier.
Later in the article he quotes Mr. Nathan Parr, Operation Manager at First Baptist Church, Belton Texas. Some of you may recognize Nathan’s name and contribution in our Church Facility Stewardship Manual (make sure you get a copy if you don’t already have one). Nathan provided this quote:
“We’ve gotten busier over the years – and have realized the more streamlined we could make the facilities management part, the easier it would be to accomplish our mission – which is doing the work of our church.” Nathan Parr, FBC Belton
I will not spoil the rest of the article. If you click on the WFX logo below you can see the rest of the article. It is worth the read!