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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.

  • Have a professional conduct a facility condition assessment to identify the current maintenance expenses associated with your facility. This is especially helpful before remodeling or expanding your building.

  • Have a master plan to schedule and estimate costs for maintenance and replacement.

  • Keep maintenance records orderly and filed and in a central place. 

  • Propose an annual budget that accounts for building repair and replacement costs.

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 records and budgeting for repairs and replacements.

Explore these subtopics: facility assessment, facility management.

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 condition? 

  • Have you ever done a comprehensive facility assessment to know the needs of your entire building?

  • Does your congregation keep a record of when and how systems are maintained or replaced?

  • Are major repairs budgeted for in advance or when they are needed? Do they require special fundraising efforts to pay for them? 

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 congregation to set and follow a maintenance schedule.

Keep in mind that a facility assessment can be expensive, but it is valuable. Having the assessment will help you avoid unexpected and high-cost repairs. Learn about facility condition assessments with the Special Report: Building Conditions Surveys.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Managing a congregational facility can be as complex and demanding as managing any building used by large numbers of people. Whether the manager is paid staff or volunteer, one person or a team,...

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Don’t just react to your facility’s maintenance issues. Manage them proactively by establishing a preventive maintenance system. This free download from church facility experts provides tools to...

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