…so you can focus on your mission.
That is more than just a tagline for our team. This WHO we are. It is WHY we do what we do. That is HOW we do what we do.
I am yet to find a pastor that went to seminary with the primary reason of focusing their energies, time and ministry on a building. I know a few Business Administrators and Executive Pastor’s that have previous experience in the world of the built environment…but that is not WHY they got into vocational ministry.
And yet…how many churches in America could continue to function without a facility? I dare say that every church…the body of believers…in North America relies on a facility in some form or fashion. This reliance may be on a physical structure that they assemble in to worship, educate, disciple and/or meet the needs of others. If you are a “home-based” church, you are reliant on a house or similar. If you are 100% internet based, your church is still reliant on a facility to host your servers…to produce video and audio content.
I get it…the “church” is NOT a building. I preach that at every speaking engagement and project we serve on. The building will never save a soul. It will never disciple a Christ-follower. And yet, we have a reliance on it. I also get that this is a “First-World” issue. All of us have pointed to how the body of Christ can function in very austere settings in other countries. And yet, here we are…reliant on a built environment.
So what are you to do?
First, be thankful we have such facilities to assist us in spreading the gospel. Don’t despise it.
Second, don’t take it for granted or take a posture that we are entitled to these physical blessings. Money does not grow on trees, as we all know, and it requires money to own a facility. Did you notice I did not say BUILD…I said OWN. When you evaluate the cost to own a facility, 71-80% of the total cost of ownership is in the OPERATIONAL costs…and usually, only 20% (over a 40 year period) is the cost to build.
Thirdly, do not try to go it alone. As a ministry leader, you need to focus on the ministry, mission, and vision of what God has called you to. That means you need to rely on others to plan, build, and care for your building. There are several ways to accomplish this:
- Hire the needed people on your staff to steward what has been entrusted to you
- Adequately fund your General Maintenance budget to avoid deferred maintenance
- Outsource duties and tasks to specialists (i.e. HVAC companies for Preventive Maintenance)
- Set aside appropriate Capital Reserves for the inevitable future costs
- Obtain a firm grasp on your current facility needs related to space allocation and Facility Condition
- Implement systems and processes to increase operational efficiencies (and energy efficiencies) such as software applications, system integrations, policies and procedures, workflows, etc.
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