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The DIY (Do It Yourself) approach is entirely acceptable for many things in life. If you have skills in a specific area and can take on a task independently, then you have been a good steward of your gifts and abilities. Or, if you have general skills and can find a YouTube video or some other instructional tool, then you may be OK there.

However, more often than not, people try the DIY method and make a bigger issue than they started with. Or they end up with many incomplete projects. Can you relate? I know I can. 

You don’t want to know how many times I convinced myself that I had the time and skills to take on a repair at the house. Or the creation of a new online form or uploading software. I need help just as much as anyone, and time is valuable.

Our eSPACE team has been hearing a recurring set of questions from facility managers, business administrators, and executive pastors such as: “We know we need to set up a preventive maintenance process, but we don’t know where to start.”

DIY-ing and Facility Stewardship

As we have written about before, Facility Stewardship needs to be a priority for every church entrusted with a building to steward. In addition, it is discouraging to our team when people underutilize technology that is available to them. 

We understand and are empathetic toward the issue of being understaffed. It is a serious issue for most churches and facility teams. To be most effective, a church needs one full-time general maintenance person for every 35,000 square feet of space. Unfortunately, most churches are more than double that.

We Can Help

We want to be part of the solution to these problems rather than add to them. Therefore, our team has three things that most church facility staff do not, as mentioned above:

  1. Time
  2. Expertise in Facility Stewardship
  3. Expertise in technology

As such, we are offering Do It 4 You (DI4U) solutions to assist your church in intentionally getting off on the right foot in developing your operational best practices and facility stewardship initiatives. This new on-site and in-person service will include the following:

  • Initial setup and/or review of the church’s eSPACE account to ensure workflow is set appropriately for the church.
  • Gathering data for:
    • HVAC equipment
    • Water Heaters
    • Roofing
    • Parking lot material
  • Help the church staff by uploading their equipment into eSPACE and the Life Cycle Calculator
  • Assist in projecting the remaining useful life of the items added to the Life Cycle Calculator, as well as projected costs
  • Aid the church facility staff in identifying and building out preventive maintenance schedules associated with the above items, as well as other best practices for general items
  • Provide initial onsite training of the data within eSPACE
  • Up to two hours of virtual training to assist with the best utilization of eSPACE and the Life Cycle Calculator

Let us DI4U

If your church believes this type of process would be beneficial to overcome some of the obstacles you face, please contact sales@smartchurchsolutions.com to learn more.

Don’t go it alone. Onward!

Tim Cool
Chief Executive Officer
Tim Cool is the President and CEO of Smart Church Solutions and takes great pride in helping churches optimize their facilities. When he’s not at the helm of his company, he’s dedicated to his family, being a husband to Lisa and a father to 27-year-old triplets. An enthusiast of the outdoors, Tim enjoys the simplicity of hiking in the North Carolina mountains.