It's been a while since we have had a refresher on what a facility steward is. So, as a quick reminder, let's dive into what it means to practice facility stewardship well.
Defining Stewardship in the Facilities World
By definition, stewardship is the responsible management and protection of something, especially something valuable. When it comes to church facilities, stewardship ensures that the physical space, resources, and equipment are used and maintained in a way that supports the mission and vision of the church.
Maintenace & Upkeep
Practicing facility stewardship requires action. One of the critical aspects of church facility stewardship is regular maintenance and upkeep. Think about tasks like cleaning, painting, and repairing any damage. It's essential to keep the facility in good condition for the comfort and safety of church members and to present a positive image to the community and those visiting the church.
Use & Allocation of Resources
Another vital aspect of church facility stewardship is the use and allocation of resources. This includes things like energy usage, water conservation, and the management of financial resources. By being mindful of how resources are used, churches can save money and reduce their environmental impact. Win-win.
In addition to regular maintenance and resource management, church facility stewardship also involves planning for the future. Facility stewards may create long-term maintenance plans, set aside funds for major renovations or repairs, and consider the potential for growth and expansion.
It Takes a Village
Okay, so maybe you are already checking all of these boxes. But is the rest of your team? Effective facility stewardship requires everyone in the church community to be on board. Your staff, leadership, and even volunteers and members should clearly understand your church's mission and vision.
Ultimately, church facility stewardship is about being good stewards of the resources entrusted to us by God. By taking care of the physical space and resources of the church, we can create a welcoming and inviting environment that supports the spiritual growth and development of all who come through its doors.