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Good Stewardship of Your Building

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  • Routinely service and repair your building systems and perform building maintenance to help protect against breakdowns and safety hazards before they happen.
  • Address small building issues as they emerge rather than waiting for larger, problematic events to occur.
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Building Maintenance: Getting Started

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Building maintenance is an act of responsible stewardship that protects the safety of your members, limits financial liability and saves costs associated with major repairs. Key elements of building maintenance include knowing the condition of your facility, developing a master plan, keeping...

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Helpful Questions

  • What is your congregation’s most pressing maintenance need right now? How long has it been a need?
  • How does your congregation handle maintenance issues? Who is responsible for building maintenance?
  • Who in your congregation, staff or volunteer, knows the most about your building’s...
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Facility Condition Assessment and Maintenance Schedule

A facility condition assessment is a process by which professional building experts examine and evaluate the quality of your building’s systems, including the roof, electrical system, plumbing, HVAC and safety systems. A facility assessment can provide long-term benefits by enabling your...

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Timely and appropriate care of their sacred space helps congregations keep the focus on mission and ministry. A facilities assessment can inform a range of building concerns, from routine...

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Congregations with historic houses of worship can be daunted by their building’s maintenance, repair and renovation requirements. A building conditions survey offers an assessment that results in a...

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This resource is essentially a PowerPoint from the Des Moines, Iowa area Roman Catholic Diocese. It is a clearly presented summary of tasks related to preventative maintenance of your...

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Veteran facilities advisor and Episcopal Canon, Timothy O’Malley, narrates this PowerPoint presentation detailing the many aspects of building maintenance that require regular inspection and...

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Don’t just react to your facility’s maintenance issues. Manage them proactively by establishing a preventive maintenance system. This 300-page manual from a church facilities expert provides tools...

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Here, the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) offers “best practices” for maintaining a church facility. The goal is safety and efficiency, as well as making effective ministry possible while...

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The goal of this general introduction to church safety by security specialist Ron Aguiar, a former law enforcement officer and current church consultant, is to identify inherent risks of...

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Congregations across the United States increasingly struggle to maintain physical houses of worship as membership declines and buildings age. One preservationist deems it a “national crisis.” In...

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NACFM is a national non-profit organization of more than 300 members who serve congregations through education and certification programs for persons who manage church and other religious...

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Visit this website for up-to-date information on all things related to facility management. Find articles, blogs, magazines and webinars on topics such as roofing, HVAC, energy efficiency and...

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Worship Facilities Magazine’s educational and informative articles address different questions and concerns about a congregation’s facility. The magazine’s goal is to help congregations design,...

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Preservation of historic congregational structures can be an overwhelming task. There are a large number of things to consider, including energy efficiency, repair, and maintenance, among others....

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Whether an historic building or a contemporary one, most faith communities have a lot to learn about how to make their sacred space more energy efficient and cost effective. In Chasing Sacred Air,...

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Looking for ways to increase your congregation’s ministry budget without asking for more money? In this brief article from the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), leaders will find basic...

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Partners for Sacred Places (PFCP) is a national non-profit clearing house for those interested in historic religious buildings as community assets. Founded in 1989 by a group of religious,...

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Professional engineers and certified facility managers David Cotts, Kathy Roper, and Richard Payant combine their education, experience, and skills to produce this comprehensive yet accessible...

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