Stewardship of our Facilities

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How do we maintain the property that God has blessed us with and at the same time use the people of our church to do this?  I have always believed that ministry and service is meant to be a shared experience rather than having it rest on the shoulders of one or two people.  Because of this I developed the following ministry plan for a property ministry that has not only allowed us to be good stewards of what God has blessed us with, but also has allowed many to find fulfillment in serving in this area.  Below is a breakdown of how it works:

Overview of Ministry:

  • This ministry exists to maintain the property (grounds & building) that God has blessed us with here at our church.
  • The driving principle behind this ministry is to be a good steward of what God has entrusted to us.
  • This is an opportunity to involve a variety of different people to mow, weed eat, change light bulbs, and much more.
  • We can understand that maintaining our facilities is, in itself, an act of worship.  Additionally, we can understand that keeping our property maintained removes barriers to the gospel and creates a more inviting environment for guests and members.  As a result of this ministry, new people will come to our church and lives will be changed.

How does this ministry function? We will have 4 teams that rotate on Saturday each week.  This will have each team serving once a month.  On months where there are five Saturdays, all teams will serve on the fifth Saturday.  Each team will be led by a team leader who will help coordinate the team on site. Team Leader Responsibilities

  • Serve One Weekend a month with their team and on fifth Saturdays.
  • Contact their team during the week prior to their Saturday to serve to encourage the team to be there.
  • Coordinate the team on site (using checklist) by assigning duties and continuing to make sure projects are accomplished
  • Contact members of team who do not show to discover the reason for their absence and encourage them to be involved with the team.
  • Trouble shoot equipment problems and communicate with ministry leaders about property needs
  • Have each member of the team sign a ministry agreement

What about special projects?There will be times when special projects will be taking place on our property.  All enhancements to the property (building or grounds) will need to be discussed with the staff member leading the property ministry prior to the enhancement taking place.  There are two main reasons for this:

  1. We need to be sure that the special project connects with the overall plan and vision for the church.
  2. We need to be sure that it is something we would want to do at this time and that there is funding available.

If you are trying to develop a property ministry, I hope this post has been helpful to you.

I am including the weekly checklist here as a sample for you to build on: Property Team Checklist


About John Herring

I've been in ministry for almost 20 years. In that time, I have had the opportunity to serve in a variety of roles including, Student and Children's Pastor, Worship and Media Pastor, Education/Small Groups Pastor, Associate Pastor, Church Administrator, Missions Pastor and 'other duties as assigned' Pastor. Many of these have been within the same church and I have had the opportunity to see a variety of changes and transitions in ministry over the past 20 years. I enjoy coaching, consulting, mentoring and investing in leaders to see them become who it is God created them to be. As I do all of these, I am also in transition from where God had me to where He is taking me and enjoying learning more about Him in the journey. I am blessed to have been married to a beautiful godly woman, Alisha, for 11 years and have 2 amazing kids. I continue to learn more about them, myself and God every day. View all posts by John Herring

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