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Responding to Some of Your Church Building and Design Questions

Most of the time, in both this blog and our free i3 webinars, we give you information we hope will help support your church building and remodeling projects. This time around, however, we’re going to switch things up and take instead of give—take your questions, that is.

Sources of Your Church Building Questions

In our i3 webinar series, we share a lot of useful information about the latest trends, as well as our ideas and suggestions for best practices in church design and construction. After the webinars are over, we frequently get questions.

Some of those questions are very specific—related to particular situations in which church leaders are ministering—but sometimes they’re general enough that the answers can be beneficial for everyone. In the spirit of getting the information out, read on for answers to two of your questions on recent topics we’ve covered both in our i3 webinars and here in our blog posts.

Can a Church Vision Be Too Broad?

The first question we’ll address relates to the scope of one’s church vision. It arose in response to our church vision series, where we discuss the importance of crafting the best vision for your ministry so that a church design can be created to specifically meet the needs of that vision.

The question reads as follows: “Is it important to define your vision as specifically as possible? Can it be too narrow, or too broad?”

We believe the best church visions are broad, not narrow. Also, there is a subtle, but very important, difference between being clear and concise about your vision versus being overly narrow and specific.

You don’t want to leave people out of your vision because you focused it too narrowly. The best way to find that sweet spot between broad and narrow is to try out your church vision message on the leaders in your church and see if it attracts interest, attention, and energy. If your vision resonates with your leaders and they get excited about it, you’ve got a right-sized church vision.

What Is the Trend in Church Design for Seating?

The second query we’ll address, generated by our discussion of church building trends, is about worship center seating. This is a complex issue in many churches, because a church’s history and tradition can challenge modern church design priorities.

Here’s the question: “We have pews and are thinking of changing to theater seating. What is the trend, and what are the advantages? I’ve also heard that, practically speaking, you can fit in more people with theater seating, since they’re willing to sit closer.”

Certainly this church leader is right about people being willing to sit closer with individual seats than with pews. With pews, people like to have space between each other, and often place a Bible or purse on the pew to ensure that space. With individual chairs—whether stackable or theater seating—people are willing to sit in one seat and be comfortable with someone sitting in the chair next to them.

There are important differences between theater seats and stackable seating. With either, you will gain about 15 to 20 percent in seating capacity compared to pews. However, theater seats are much more expensive: $250-$275 for theater seats versus $50-$100 for stackable seating (with wooden chairs being more expensive than metal ones).

If you have a flat floor in your church building, we recommend stackable seating for its flexibility. If your church design has a sloped floor, you will be locked into theater seating as a replacement for pews.

Answering Your Call

Our free i3 webinars are filled with practical, useful information like this. To learn the latest about church design trends and best practices in church building, visit our home page and register for any webinars that catch your interest. And keep those questions coming—we’re happy to help.

2018-05-22T15:05:58+00:00 May 22nd, 2018|Church Building, Church Design, Vision|

Dream Your Church Vision: Phasing in Your Church Design

We’ve covered much lately about the importance of a church vision for ministry. The examples we’ve shown illustrate how church leaders can use their vision to transform ministry opportunities in the community through a well-thought-out church design.

Clearly, a church vision is a powerful thing—it can inform designs, building trends, even the future of a community, as you will see below. In case you’re having a hard time articulating your church’s vision, below you’ll also find some basic, but fundamental, questions for kick-starting your own visioning process.  

What if Money Wasn’t an Obstacle?

Here are two questions we feel are very important to ask, especially at the beginning of any church visioning process:

  • If you knew you could not fail, what would you do for the glory of God?
  • If you knew that money was not an obstacle, what would you do to build God’s kingdom?

We at The McKnight Group emphasize the importance of having an expansive vision for the future of your church, because we know that if it’s not broad enough, you might end up short-changing what’s possible. The example below illustrates how a comprehensive vision can enhance a ministry’s potential.

Church Design and Vision: The Master Plan for Grove City Church

We’ve been working with Grove City Church of the Nazarene in Grove City, Ohio, for a long time. Back in 1985, they averaged about 400 in attendance, purchased a 27-acre “blank canvas,” and had this master plan. As you can see, they started by thoughtfully designing the important multi-use church buildings at the bottom of the plan. They also had a grand church vision for much more, including a Christian school and an assisted living facility.

This second master plan was developed years later. At this point, they’ve purchased additional property and expanded their church vision to include a high school, lots of athletic fields, and an enlarged mission for their assisted living facility. Also, because they’ve focused on the needs of the community, their church has grown so much that this master plan includes a 3,200-seat worship center.

Expand Your Own Vision

While the images above aren’t your typical before-and-after photos, they clearly illustrate what can be done when church leaders have a clear vision for the future of their ministry in the community.

That’s also why we encourage you to sign up for our free i3 webinars, where our photos and discussions of church design and other topics give you a clear vision for what’s possible. Just go to our home page, where you can sign up for the webinars that interest you. And if you haven’t had a recent conversation in your church about your vision for the future, consider doing so—it could be transformative.

2018-05-15T17:00:26+00:00 May 15th, 2018|Church Building, Church Design, Vision|

How the Right Church Vision Turned a Disaster into an Opportunity

We have been sharing some real-life examples of churches that have used their vision to drive the construction or renovation of their church building.

Often such transformations occur as a natural reaction to changes in the community or ministry. But as you will soon see, they can also be in response to catastrophic events—with uplifting results.

Catalyst for Change: Realizing a New Church Vision

Sometimes disaster leads to opportunity. This was the case for First Church of the Nazarene in Oskaloosa, Iowa. After their church building was destroyed by a fire in 2006, church members sought to recover from their sudden and catastrophic loss.

That’s when they realized something: God had given them a catalyst for change. They had an opportunity to take a good strong look at their various ministries and discern what the church could do differently. Through this process, church leaders began developing a new vision for their ministry in the community.

First Church of the Nazarene Becomes Gateway Church of the Nazarene

During this time, they also realized and accepted the fact that the neighborhood around the church had changed. They began talking about whether they should rebuild on the old site or look elsewhere for a location that better aligned with their new, emerging church vision. As a result, they eventually decided to move to a different part of town.

Starting from scratch, they were able to develop a church design that fit their newly focused vision. With that design in mind, they then constructed a new church building that specifically met those newfound needs. Like a phoenix from the ashes, First Church of the Nazarene became reborn across town as Gateway Church of the Nazarene.

A Church Design Focused by Vision

As you can see, Gateway wanted a focal point for their church building. Their new design makes the entrance obvious—and the fact that it’s a church is clear from the start.

Once you walk inside, the bright, airy foyer clearly conveys that gathering for conversation and developing relationships is a high priority of this church. Moreover, the restrooms are clean and elegant, making for good first impressions.

You can also see that the new design includes a nice café and seating area to encourage conversation. Through the glass walls behind the café there is an indoor play area that serves multiple purposes, giving children a place to safely play while adults get to know each other over coffee.

Such a church design sends the message that families with children are a priority. What’s more, the café and playground setup allow the church to rent the space to families in the community for children’s birthday parties. By bringing new families into the building this way, Gateway is able to reinforce its vision of ministering to couples with young children.

Change, Like Knowledge, Is Good

While not every church has the opportunity to start from scratch, it’s worth considering when looking at revising your church vision. Just as neighborhoods change over time, so do churches and their ministries.

That’s another reason we suggest you visit our home page to sign up for one or more of our free i3 webinars. After all, change happens in the church design and building industry, too and these webinars offer the perfect opportunity to stay on top of the latest trends and information.

2018-05-08T15:40:16+00:00 May 8th, 2018|Church Building, Church Design, Vision|

Church Vision Turns Old School into New Church Building

This post is another in our series featuring examples of churches whose vision transformed the design and construction of the church building they worship in.

In this case, a church leader started with a building that wasn’t built for worship at all. He saw the potential in an old middle school, then drew us in to collaborate on his energizing vision for ministry in his community.

The Church Building Challenge of Berachah Baptist Church

Berachah Baptist Church in Middletown, Ohio, had been struggling with a building that was too small. Their vision was to expand their ministries with a new church design, but they also had very little land to work with.

Because they felt confined by their old church building, they decided to take a leap of faith and sell it. When we met Pastor Lamar, they were starting to search for the right location to come along as they worshipped in rented facilities.

During their search, they looked at two or three different sites, with Pastor Lamar ultimately feeling that this old middle school had great potential. We walked through the building together (as we are willing to do with any church leaders who are evaluating their different church design options) and talked about the potential ministry opportunities of the space.

In the end, Berachah Baptist was able to purchase the property, along with 40 acres of land, for a price that worked within the church’s budget.

Transforming an Old School Cafeteria with a New Church Vision

Remodeling a former school campus for a new use can be a very effective process when it’s guided by a strong church vision.

Here are some before and after images of the school cafeteria. Berachah Baptist wanted a place where people could build relationships, so they turned it into a welcoming foyer and café area. As you can see, the old stage was converted into additional seating, providing more comfortable places for conversation and deepening relationships.

In the area which was formerly the cafeteria serving line, we created a secure check-in area for the children’s ministry. This new, bright, well-designed area helps parents feel comfortable and kids feel safe when they check in and go down the hall to their classrooms.

Making an Old Gym into a Vibrant Worship Center

Another portion of the former school transformed by Berachah Baptist’s church vision was the gymnasium. The old, tired space was renovated into a flexible worship center that can seat between 550 and 600 people. This allows the church to continue growing, even offering multiple services to meet the different needs of the community.

Additionally, the old school property provides lots of additional space to use as the church grows or when they decide to implement new aspects of their church vision.

Explore More Church Design Options

We never grow tired of working with church leaders to find new ways to support their ministry by helping them create a building that supports their church vision. In our next post, we will share the story of a church that needed support in recovering from a devastating fire.

Meanwhile, we encourage you to go to our home page and register for our free i3 webinars, which will provide more useful information about how we are supporting church visions with buildings that work.

2018-05-01T15:27:03+00:00 May 1st, 2018|Church Building, Church Design, Vision|

Church Building Renovation Examples Supported by Church Vision: Part 2

This post continues our series showcasing how remodeled church buildings can support a church’s vision for ministry.

Sometimes, church leaders may take their church building for granted, forgetting that it can send a powerful message to guests (as well as regular attenders). The fact is, if a building’s implicit message seems outdated or unwelcoming, people might stay away.

Welcoming Youth with Your Church Design

This tendency to stay away is particularly true for youth. Young people are sensitive to what may seem like a “token gesture” made by adults which actually was made with the best of intention.

For example, we’ve seen some churches build a new worship center and then give the old one to its youth group. There’s nothing wrong with that, but how you do it can really make a difference.

Westerville Christian Church Welcomes Youths with More

As you can see in these first pictures, Westerville Christian Church is one such church. They built a new worship center and repurposed the old one for young people, at first hanging a simple sign over the entrance and furnishing the old worship space with chairs and couches. But its leaders realized that their church vision of reaching youth would be a lot more successful if their church design sent a strong welcoming message. Instead of giving them “leftover space,” Westerville set out to create a design that would attract and connect with young people.

To do this, they turned to The McKnight Group for assistance. As you can see here, we transformed what was a small, closed-off foyer into a bright, welcoming space, adding fresh flooring and cool modern finishes. The foyer now leads into the worship space through an open area instead of closed doors.

We also worked with Westerville to create a design for the worship center itself that would be appealing to youth. While the old space was OK for hanging out, it didn’t really support the vision of a compelling area for young people to help bring them to Christ. To do that, we transformed the old worship center into a space with youth appeal, adding a high-quality sound system, a platform large enough for a band, and folding chairs that increase flexibility for how the space is used.

Using Your Church Building to Fulfill Your Church Vision

With these relatively straightforward renovations to an existing church design, we gave Westerville a powerful tool for fulfilling its church vision of reaching youth in the community.

In the words of Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church, “Never confuse the methods with the message. The message will always remain the same. The methods and the tools for delivering that message, however, need to change with each generation, because each generation hears the message in different ways.”

Church leaders need to notice how methods change and stay ahead of trends to get that message across. Westerville Christian Church did this by paying attention to what its youth were looking for in a church building.

Learn Even More—Then Go to School

We, too, recognize that methods change over time, which is why we freely share our i3 webinars each year. This free series helps church leaders keep up with what is happening in church building projects around the country.

Please go to our home page and sign up for any of our upcoming webinars. And come back for our next post, when we’ll provide another example of a successful church remodeling project: this time, transforming a school into an attractive functional church building.

2018-04-24T15:01:44+00:00 April 24th, 2018|Church Building, Church Design, Vision|

Church Building Renovation Examples Supported by Church Vision: Part 1

In recent posts, we’ve been talking about the importance of creating a clear and compelling church vision for ministry. We’ve also given you some tips for focusing that vision effectively.

But, how does this approach look in the real world?  

To that end, we’d like to share some examples of how we have worked with church leaders to transform their church design to match the vision they have for ministry in their community.

The Rebirth of Bridgetown Church of Christ

Nowadays, things change quickly in our culture, and this can become difficult for churches to navigate. For example, Bridgetown Church was thriving in the 1960s and 70s—which is when the church building you see here was constructed. The style of architecture clearly represents that time period.

However, in the past half-century the church has gone through a “life cycle” of birth, growth, maturation, and decline. As a result, Bridgetown’s church leaders looked to a new church vision to help them find a way to start the cycle anew.

Bridgetown’s New Church Vision

As we’ve discussed, it’s important to develop a vision that’s not just about “me” and the status quo, one that looks beyond the church building walls to see what the community needs.

Bridgetown’s leaders took the time to look outward, and what they found was that there were many younger families in their community. They responded by hiring younger staff and focusing on the needs of those younger families and couples.

Renovating the Church Building to Match the Vision

It quickly became clear to Bridgetown’s church leaders that their building was hindering the fulfillment of their new vision. The view of the building from the street was not appealing to young families, and inside the church, as you can see, the foyers were small, dark, and uninviting.

We worked with Bridgetown’s leaders to create an entrance that was open, bright, and airy, while also providing plenty of room for people to move around and gather in small groups for conversation. We also expanded and upgraded the restrooms to meet the needs of young families and transformed the “Air-Pots on a table” coffee area into a dedicated and inviting café space that doesn’t take up much room.

With these renovations to its church building, Bridgetown Church of Christ was able to encourage guests to stick around and talk with members. The welcoming modern façade and comfortable foyer allow people to connect, build relationships, and exchange ideas. In this 

way, Bridgetown Church has been able to reach younger couples and families, fulfilling its vision for ministry.

 

 

 

More Church Design Inspiration to Come

In our next post, we will share more church vision success stories. If you find these helpful, we hope you will also consider registering (on our home page) for one or more  of our free i3 webinars, where we share other ways that church buildings can support your church’s vision of reaching your community.

2018-04-17T18:36:36+00:00 April 17th, 2018|Church Building, Church Design|

Seeing 20/20: What Makes a Church’s Vision Clear and Compelling?

Crafting a compelling vision is important in many areas of life. An effective vision allows a business to grow and thrive, for example. Having a goal in mind when you begin any type of training can ensure you learn exactly what you need to succeed.

For church leaders, having a vision for ministry is critical to ensuring the best possible decisions are made. If you’re not clear where you are headed, or if everyone isn’t on the same page, problems can arise, potentially dividing your congregation. From a church design perspective, a unified vision is necessary from the very beginning, too, since that will ultimately inform what types of church designs are considered.

All of which is to say that crafting a vision matters and requires a good deal of mindful, deliberate attention right up front to support a church’s effective ministry.

Defining a Good Vision

There is a definition of vision that we like here at The McKnight Group. It comes from the book Leading Congregational Change: “a clear, shared, and compelling picture of the preferred future to which God is calling the congregation.” There are three important elements to this definition:

Clear: A vision must be easily understood by your people. It must be an understanding of your church’s purpose and goals for ministry that people can both grasp and believe in.

Shared: Your people must buy into it. It must be shared by all “stakeholders”— those who care about the future of your church, everyone from church leaders and employees to members of the congregation.

Compelling: A vision must be something that gets people excited. It needs to move them toward taking action, whether that’s making a pledge for your new church building or doing their part to share your vision with the community and bringing people into the church.

Every Church Is Different

It’s important to understand that you can’t just copy what other churches do. Every community is different, and every church will have a different mix of factors to work with.

Among these factors are demographics, community culture, spiritual gifts, and leadership experience. There’s another important one as well: the vision for ministry that God gives the leaders of each church. This is vital because if leaders aren’t committed to and excited about their vision, they will have more trouble communicating it effectively.

Leadership and the Art of the Elevator Pitch

Communicating one’s vision is just as important as creating it. Visionary leaders understand that their message must be clear and compelling so that the message resonates with stakeholders.

Sometimes church leaders get so excited about a building project or church design that they can talk about it for hours. Surprisingly, this can actually be a problem, since statistics show that people will only give you about 15 to 20 seconds to get a message across before they tune out.

That’s why we’re big believers in what business leaders call the “elevator pitch.” Think about it as a way of communicating your vision to someone in the time it takes to travel five floors on an elevator. It’s not a lot of time—and that’s the point.

A visionary leader needs to do the following two things to craft a clear, compelling elevator pitch:

  1. Write it down, condensing the message until it can be clearly communicated in 15 to 20 seconds.
  2. Practice sharing the vision repeatedly, until the message flows easily.

Your Vision, Your Church Building, and How They Connect

Hopefully, our last few posts have shown you how to craft and communicate a compelling vision for your church. In the coming weeks, we will illustrate some examples of how your vision can guide your church building project.

In the meantime, hop on over to our home page and sign up for our upcoming free i3 webinars (they’re listed toward the bottom). These give you even more opportunities to learn about church design and its potential to complement and empower your ministry.

2018-04-10T16:02:37+00:00 April 10th, 2018|Church Building, Church Design|

Putting Vision First: Three Questions to Focus on Your Church Building

Here at The McKnight Group, we often stress the importance of churches having a clear vision for ministry. There are many steps you can take to grow your church, but those steps need to start with a vision. Once your church has a vision, the chance of having a successful new or renovated church building project, among other things, is greatly increased.

In our last post, we discussed that this vision should not reflect the status quo. It’s not about focusing on what we like, but rather on the needs of the who you are trying to reach. So how do you create a clear vision for your church design? You start by asking these three questions:

Question 1: Who Are We Trying to Reach?

Sometimes church leaders say “everyone!” in response to this question. We might want to, as Paul says, “…become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some.” We also need to keep in mind what Paul says in 1 Corinthians 12, that we are all part of a larger body. We can do are part reaching a segment and count on other churches in the body reaching other segments. So, take a good look at the kinds of people that you want to reach. Are they church people – or unchurched people – or seekers? Are they families with young children or members of the older generation? Do you want to cast a broad, or narrow net?

Question 2: What Ministries Would Reach These People?

You can see how the answers to the first question put focus on the second one. For example, if you’re trying to reach families with young children, then you might want to think about children’s ministries or include a mom’s day out program. On the other hand, you’re less likely to want to consider a new church building that’s focused solely on what millennials want in church these days.

Once you have a sense of what ministries are needed, it’s time to take a good look at your existing church building. Are the ministries in place appealing to the people you want to reach? Is your church design going to meet the needs of your guests? If not, you’ll need to think about how you can update or transform your church building to meet those needs. You might want to construct a new children’s chapel, remodel your children’s wing with new security features or invest in new playground equipment so that your church is more appealing to those families.

Question 3: What Does Our Community Need?

This third question helps you keep the focus on your community’s needs. When people or guests visit your church, what are they looking for? What is missing in your community? Are there enough daycare centers in the area for all those young families? If not, perhaps your vision for ministry will include a new church design that incorporates daycare. Does your community need a safe place for single mothers to gather to receive support and encouragement? Perhaps your new church design can provide such a place.

Aligning Your Church Building with Your Vision for Ministry

As you can see, once you answer these vision questions, the focus of your church design becomes obvious. When you let the vision develop this way, God guides the process, making it clear what your church needs to do.

Once you have a clear vision and take a good look at your church building, you might discover you need to make some changes. Our free i3 webinars can help. They provide ongoing, helpful guidance as you think about how you can best make your church building a valuable tool in your vision for ministry. Just visit the bottom of our homepage to register for upcoming webinars.

2018-04-03T16:37:53+00:00 April 3rd, 2018|Church Building, Church Design|

Having the Right Church Design Vision to Move Beyond the Status Quo

As members of The McKnight Group’s leadership team travel around the country, we find some churches lack a clear and compelling vision. We want to help change that as we believe having a cohesive vision for one’s ministry is instrumental not only for successful outreach but also as the foundation for an integrated, effective church design. Now more than ever, church leaders who are considering a new church building need to begin with a compelling vision.

Church Design: It’s Not About “Me”

Many churches today end up focusing on what current church leaders and members like. Thom Rainer, president of LifeWay Christian Resources, speaks to this when he says “it’s all about me” has become the anthem of the dying church. In order to survive, says Rainer, American churches must reach into communities through outwardly focused ministries.

This can be tough for church members to hear. People get comfortable with what they like in a church. They’ve often “shopped around” for exactly that reason, and they like the status quo. When you’re in your comfort zone, you don’t want things to change. You don’t want it to be hard work. You don’t want to be uncomfortable. This is most frequently why churches stop focusing on a vision.

Supporting the Capacity for Change

However, Christianity is not about being comfortable, especially when that leads to churches getting smaller and smaller. History can provide real examples of how preachers spurred growth in the church by challenging people to change. Scripture talks about what doesn’t grow is pruned and trimmed, and the wastes are discarded, or thrown into the fire and burned.

Our country is splintering into smaller, often sharply defined, segments. We need to understand that what used to work in reaching people for Christ will not work as well today. Rather than focusing on those smaller segments, that look “just like us,” we meet today’s needs by reaching out into the community, as Rainer said.

Creating Unity with an Outwardly Focused Vision

We have seen churches grow and be successful by expanding their thinking, one step at a time. Look beyond your church building to discover the needs in your community. Your vision is also a key to unlock a church building that works. When you have a clear, concise and compelling vision, it lets both guests and members know where you’re going. It charts the course.

Your vision also helps people feel part of something greater than themselves, rather than retaining that smaller and smaller viewpoint. They feel like they are doing more than they could do individually. A good church design unifies people, giving them something to rally around. We hear a lot of stories about how people in churches sometimes nitpick and complain about the little things. But when churches shift their focus to a broader, unifying vision, a lot of those complaints simply disappear.

Take the Next Step

Are you ready to take a good strong look at your church vision? Is it time to focus on a church design that will grow your church for the future? In our next post, we will provide the three questions that will help you determine your church vision.

Meanwhile, we suggest you sign up for our free i3 webinar series, so you can hear more about what we learn as we help leaders create church buildings that support their particular vision and ministry. Just visit our home page, scroll to the bottom, and register for webinars that catch your interest.

2018-03-27T15:26:06+00:00 March 27th, 2018|Church Building, Church Design, Vision|

Church Maintenance Needs During Spring

Most of the time, church leaders associate spring with Easter and all the special activities that come with celebrating the resurrection of Jesus. As church building experts, however, we know spring also brings the need for church maintenance.

With the snow melting and leaves budding, it’s easy to forget that every church property needs attention year-round. Therefore, we want to remind you about various maintenance items to assist you in taking good care of your church and surrounding property.

Begin with Church Building and Roof Maintenance

We’ve already posted an article with suggestions for regular maintenance of your building and roof. Given the serious damage that water intrusion can cause to a church building, we suggest you begin by reviewing the facts and checklists found in that earlier post before moving on to the information below.

Yard Maintenance

Once winter is past, you will often find it has left damage behind. As spring brings new growth, plants and landscaping will need your attention—and the nicer weather can make this church maintenance feel like a pleasure. Here is a list of yard items that might need your attention:

  • Clean and trim flower beds. Watch for bulbs emerging and place new ones where bare spots become obvious. Once perennial plants have started to sprout new leaves, remove plants that did not survive the winter. Plant new annuals as needed.
  • Trim trees and bushes. Trimming encourages new growth, so don’t do this until the danger of frost has passed.
  • Clean benches and other outdoor seating areas and remove any trash. Also, now is a good time to re-varnish your wooden benches.
  • Check any watering systems for leaks and make sure all sprinklers and drip systems are fully operational.
  • Run a complete safety check on all children’s playground equipment.
  • Add mulch as needed.
  • Begin your weed-spraying regimen.

Parking Lot Maintenance

Parking lots take a lot of abuse during the winter months. Here are some ways to restore your parking lots and preserve them from further deterioration:

  • Survey paved parking lots and fill in any potholes, cracks or depressions more than 1/4 inch deep. Remove debris such as rocks, gravel, mud or sand. Note where debris is coming from and, when possible, use landscaping material to block further intrusions.
  • Rake gravel parking lots, if any, and re-level them. Add additional gravel as needed to keep a firm base.
  • Check tire stops for deterioration, which can create rubble and tripping hazards. Replace deteriorating tire stops and repaint all tire stops in a contrasting color. Make sure to anchor all stops with fully inserted steel reinforcing rods. Keep at least three feet between tire stops.
  • Inspect curbing and repair any pitted, crumbling or settling portions. Repaint curbing around building entrances with a contrasting color to avoid tripping.
  • Repaint handicap signs on pavement and curb cutouts to ensure handicap access points are obvious. Check for any damage in handicap parking signs.
  • Clear parking lot drains and check that grates are firmly and safely installed.

General Church Maintenance

There are many smaller church building items that will need your attention as well. Here is a general church maintenance checklist:

  • Service HVAC systems for spring and summer use. This includes changing furnace filters, checking water lines, lubing fan bearings and moving parts, resetting thermostats and replacing batteries (if you didn’t do that in the fall).
  • Oil door hinges and any automatic opening/closing devices.
  • Check pew braces and supports and tighten or replace as needed.
  • Replace smoke detector batteries if this was not done in the fall.
  • Check for any carpeting snags or other tripping hazards.
  • Clean all indoor and outdoor lighting fixtures and replace burned-out bulbs.

Find Out More

Your church building, and property is a big investment. Proper care will extend its life and allow you to focus on your church vision rather than addressing emergencies.

If you have any questions about maintaining your church building, contact us today. Also, you can learn more about church design and building by visiting our home page and registering for our free i3 webinars.

2018-03-26T14:59:33+00:00 March 20th, 2018|Church Building, Church Maintenance|