We all know that the Church is not a building. However, your church facilities can and should be used as a space to cultivate life-changing community. While there has been a lot of discussion about the changing trends in church facilities, the principle that we should do everything we can as church leaders to steward the resources we’re given hasn’t changed.
As your church continues to prepare for all of the ministry that’s going to take place this fall, here are three ways you can maximize your facilities for ministry.
- Shape your facilities ... instead of letting them shape you.
A few weeks ago, my friend Tim Cool shared a brilliant post about the two distinct stages in the lifetime of every church facility. As your church has grown over the years, you’ve probably experienced the frustration of letting your facilities dictate the type of ministry you can do. If you want to maximize your facility for ministry, rather than letting it shape the ministry you’re able to do, don’t miss this post.
- Optimize your connection space for ministry.
Most churches have some kind of connection space, whether it’s a fellowship hall or dedicated section of the lobby. But are you making the most of it when it comes to cultivating relationships and community in your church? If it’s our responsibility as church leaders to maximize our resources, here are three ways we can be intentional about how we use our facilities to draw people into community.
- Leverage technology to eliminate the challenges of managing your facility.
One of the frustrations we’ve heard from facility managers is that managing events that need resources from your church is very different from handling events that don’t. Small group leaders, youth leaders, ministry team leaders, and others routinely plan events in their homes, at parks, at the local coffee shop, and elsewhere. Church Community Builder can help your leaders manage these events as well as the larger ones which require more administrative oversight.
Your time is valuable and you shouldn’t have to waste it coordinating a back-and-forth with other ministry leaders about their facility needs. Here are a few ways we’ve adapted Church Community Builder to support the facilities manager as they work to coordinate with others in ministry.
As your church is gearing up for the busy fall season, these three ideas can help you not only avoid some of the frustrations that your church building can create, but also maximize your facilities for ministry.
What are some ways you intentionally leverage your facilities to cultivate community?