Church Facility Stewardship: GPS vs. Paper Roadmap

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Do you remember when people used roadmaps when navigating a trip? Maybe you still use one. But I think it is safe to say that most prefer a GPS app. Instead of unfolding a massive piece of paper and pulling over on the side of the road, you can ask Siri to navigate.  

Let’s look at other benefits of GPS vs. the paper alternative. And stick with me; we are getting to facility stewardship applications:

  • Real-time updates: GPS systems use satellites to provide real-time updates on traffic, construction, and other potential road hazards. Therefore you can avoid delays and plan the fastest route. Maps, on the other hand, can become out of date and cannot show current road conditions.
  • Turn-by-turn directions: Many GPS systems provide turn-by-turn voice directions, which can be especially helpful when driving in unfamiliar territory. With a road map, you must constantly stop and look for the next turn, which can be time-consuming and frustrating.
  • Point of interest search: GPS devices often allow you to search for nearby points of interest, such as gas stations, restaurants, and hotels. This can be useful when traveling to a new place and looking for a quick stop for food or a place to stay overnight.
  • Customizable routes: Some GPS devices allow you to select the route you prefer, such as the quickest route or one that avoids toll roads. This customization can be beneficial when traveling in areas with high toll charges.
  • Multiple routes: In contrast to a traditional map, some GPS devices can generate multiple routes depending on your preferences, so you can compare the time and distance of each route before making a decision.

GPS Systems and Facility Stewardship

How does this apply to stewarding our church facilities?  Think about these as it relates to the tools. Both a roadmap and GPS are merely tools to assist with navigation. They are not the destination or the why behind the journey. 

We have written about the issues with using paper and pencil to manage your church facility before. We acknowledge that paper and pencil are tools that could be used, just like a paper roadmap.  But, like the paper road map, they have significant obsolescence and pitfalls.

Your GPS: Computerized Maintenance Management System

Conversely, a CMMS (Computerized Maintenance Management System) and Event Management software are to church Facility Stewardship as the GPS it to travel. Some of the similarities include:

  • Real-time updates and data
  • Step-by-step tasks for work to be completed
  • Reminders of the turns (tasks) to be taken
  • Identifying points of interest related to the remaining useful life and required preventive maintenance
  • Digitally stored data to avoid it being lost or deleted

You get the point. It is time to get a “GPS” for your church Facility Stewardship initiatives. And we can help.

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.