Christianity Today recently published an article identifying the top 5 church design trends to look for in the year ahead. I'd love to know, have you seen these trends at your church?
The Facility Renovation Team will be responsible to act as the primary contact between Our Church and the architect and builder.
These plans enable the church to finish building a facility at specified site.
The following policies support the mission of our church and safeguards people and property.
Many congregations rent their facilities to emerging or established Christian congregations in their communities. This seems like a win-win arrangement. But what does Christ think about such an arrangement?
Our church doesn’t have a janitor. Well, the truth is that we don’t have a paid janitor. Instead, we consider ourselves a church of janitors. We all pitch in to keep the building clean and hospitable. People do sign up to take turns mopping, vacuuming the carpets, and cleaning bathrooms and the kitchen each Saturday in preparation for our worship gathering on Sunday...
Do you know who has all of your outer door church keys? Many times members have lost their key or somehow a distributed key didn’t get added to the list. If you are thinking of changing the locks because keys are lost, maybe you also want to consider a keyless entry system. These systems, also known as external managed access control, are increasingly popular for controlling your keys and security.
Have you thought about upgrading the light fixtures inside and outside your facility to more energy efficient LED or high-efficiency fluorescent lights? Many of the new products have reduced energy consumption, a much longer lifespan and almost no maintenance cost. Here's the story of one church that has completed an outside and inside upgrade with a good return on investment.
The most common symbol for accessibility features an image of someone in a wheelchair—lifeless, helpless, passive. Temporarily able-bodied people tend to look at people who have disabilities that way, seeing need without recognizing capability and giftedness. A new icon pushes that stereotype aside.
Yesterday I worshipped at a new church plant that meets in a public school building. Every Sunday, the setup/takedown team hustles to change this space from a public school auditorium to a place of worship. As I sat there, I wondered about a recent article I read about the controvery over use of public school buildings for churches in New York City..
The pastor of "Small Church" CRC is the go-to guy for everything. He answers the phone, dusts his office, sets up chairs, prints the bulletin, and sees when things break or need attention. If you are a congregation with a small operating budget, how do you maintain the building, grounds, and other administrative needs of the church?
What would your ministry budget look like if you were able to cut your energy use for your church building 10%? Many of us would like to accomplish additional ministry priorities but the church income from our members has not increased much the last couple years. What if we could help our church this fall by participating in a task force that would review energy management and hopefully cut some energy use and costs?
You come in early on Tuesday morning and the door is already open at church. It appears the church did not get locked last night. How can you ensure the facility is locked each night without assigning someone to check the doors each night? Here are some ideas for closing procedures to post by your main doors.
Here are basic suggestions for a church which is approached about leasing space for a cell tower or antenna.
Let us know if your church has teams to help with the building and grounds tasks--people who are using their gifts to serve the church.
This article demonstrates the effort, time, and cost that many churches in our denomination have undertaken to make their facilities accessible to people with physical impairments.