Congregational Resource Guide
Finding the right resources for your congregation
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 safeguarding and preserving a facility’s value as an asset. The five topics addressed require short or long-term planning. Hiring a professional to provide an overall assessment of the facility and the state of its equipment is first. Topics two and three suggest setting maintenance priorities and creating an “annual maintenance plan.” Financial planning - short and long-term - is next. This includes creating an emergency reserve fund and incorporating maintenance into the annual budget. The fifth topic suggests open communication with the congregation about a facility’s needs and any completed improvements or maintenance items. Creating a facility manual that describes procedures for maintenance and repair is also suggested. Any congregation that manages a facility will find many helpful hints here.