In order to get started today, we need to step back to our 10th grade English class and make sure we understand the definition of 2 words and the tense of each:
FACILITY (noun) – space or equipment necessary for doing something
FACILITATE (verb) – make (an action or process) easy or easier.
If you are like me, you have slept since 10th grade and so the nuance of the difference of a verb and a noun may be foggy…so let’s recap:
A “noun”, in its simplest form, is a person, place or thing. “Watch SPOT run.” “That TREE is very big.” ” Our CHURCH is located on Main Street.” (Side note…I only use this for example since many of us say that…but in reality the CHURCH is not the building…it is the people)
A “verb”, on the other hand, is a word that shows action. Verbs are the main part of a sentence in the English language. They are the component of any sentence that brings life and meaning to the words.
So back to our 2 words above…
A “facility” is a noun. It is a place…a structure…a building…a location. However, without a verb, it is just a stagnant word. In fact, you can have a sentence without a noun…for example…”Go over there.” You can say those words, point and have your intent conveyed.
What does this have to do with our ministry facilities? Glad you asked.
If a Facility is a noun…then it needs a verb to provide action, meaning and relevance. By itself, a facility is merely a monument…an edifice…an architectural statement (good or bad). Sticks and bricks are inanimate objects. I still believe that our facility (the physical attributes) will tell a story. I am not bending off that premise. I believe in the concept of story and how we need to be intentional related to the storytelling of our facility…but…the reality is that facilities, in and of themselves, are not a living organism.
In order to bring life (action) to a facility, it needs a verb…and I believe the best verb for ministry facilities is that it FACILITATES.
Facilities should facilitate…
- Life change
So…what do your facilities facilitate? Does the facilitation fulfill your vision, mission and goals? If not, may need to step back and re-evaluate.