Using Facilities Assessments: A Resource from the Center for Congregations

Center for Congregations, 2016. Accessed April 14, 2017.

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 maintenance and mechanical upgrades to historic restoration and strategic planning. This brief guide gives leaders a tutorial on facilities assessment by answering basic questions such as What is a facilities assessment? Why do we need one? and Who does facility assessments? The article addresses congregational readiness with helps on how to organize internally for maximum effectiveness when working with an outside assessment resource. An inset describes what a typical assessment includes. Finally, there is a discussion on what to do with the assessment report once it is in the congregation’s hands. “Using Facilities Assessments” is a conversation guide and planning manual for leaders who want to be faithful stewards of their sacred space.