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How To Avoid an Unnecessary Church Closure

Sometimes there’s really nothing that can be done.

Church maintenance should be constantly ongoing, safeguarding your building so that it will not fall into disrepair.

We’re often presented with cases where maintenance has been so sporadic that a building is quite simply on the verge of collapse. In some cases it’s easy to see how it happens, years can pass by quickly and small jobs can often transform from the tiniest of cracks to structural threatening nightmares. But what lies at the source of these small jobs that get ignored?

The discovery of a major problem in a church can cause a great deal of stress to both parishioner, sometimes leading to an unhelpful witch hunt with members seeking to find out whose fault the problem is. As with many issues in community-based buildings, responsibility usually lies with a number of people who have chosen to ignore the issue, rather than any one individual.

The best way to avoid a situation like this is by laying in place a fool-proof upkeep plan for your church:

Select a committee

The first thing to do is collect a team of individuals from your parish who have both the skills and free-time to aid with upkeep. A team of four or six people is enough for this, the important thing is that each person has the time needed to inspect the church thoroughly and convene at planned meetings. Ideally you’ll have a specialist in your committee who has some building or maintenance experience, allowing you to make astute assessments of your building before having to call in assistance.

Delegate roles

As with any committee, you’ll all need to take on certain role to ensure that all the bases are covered. As this is a specific team based around maintenance, it’s a good idea to divide the different aspects of the church that need to be looked after: Plumbing, Electrics, Church Property and Building Condition. Once these roles are divided out, it’s up to each team member to keep an eye on their respective departments and report their findings.

Meet regularly

Setting up regular meetings is a great way of keeping everyone accountable for their responsibilities. A weekly or bi-monthly meeting can give each member of the committee an opportunity to raise any concerns that I have, it’s important that you have this chance to discuss problems together as often these departments will have a significant effect on each other. Make notes of your meeting so that you can take the most important points and find a way to put them into action.

Feedback to church authorities

Feeding back your findings to the main Church committee is vital if you wish to enact any kind of preventative measures in your church. There’s no point collecting information on the disrepair of your church if you’re simply going to watch it get worse – make your voice heard so that you can galvanise your committee into taking positive preventative action and help keep your church running.