Church Facility Specific Benchmarking Study
Our friends at Cool Solutions Group have asked for our assistance in a Facilities Benchmarking survey that they are undertaking. For the study to be as accurate as possible we are trying to receive responses from as many houses of worship as we can, across the country. We currently use information from several types of commercial properties, and that does provide a great initial basis. We want to drill down even further and see how all our houses of worship are performing to create an even more impactful benchmark based on facilities that operate in similar manners with similar missions.
We still would like your help. There are over 350,000 houses of worship across the United States. While getting a response from everyone would be difficult, getting several hundred to 1000 responses is attainable. If you would like to participate and help us (if you haven’t already) please click on this link and take the survey. Be prepared to spend about 15-20 minutes and there are several questions that require knowledge of budget figures. The survey is anonymous, and we do allow for you to provide your contact information at the end if you want to receive an advance copy of the results.
The 2019 NACFM Conference in Houston was a Great Success!
The 2019 National Conference, “Houston We Have a Solution,” took place on June 17-20 at Faithbridge Church in Spring, TX. It was an exciting year to be at conference. Excellent attendance, varied educational opportunities and the largest trade show in NACFM history are all reasons that make a conference a great success, but the true success of this year’s conference is found in the relationships that were formed and strengthened while likeminded believers were encouraged in their ministry. Jeff McDaniel said it well, “It was so refreshing to be around a group of men and women who reflect Christ in the way they live, work, and play. I was refreshed and encouraged by being reminded that our work is not just a job, it's a ministry!! My first conference has been a wonderful experience!!”
Lizzi and Matthew Bailey led us in worship each morning.
We kicked off the National Conference on Monday night by hearing from Ken Werlein, Faithbridge Founding Pastor. We enjoyed a great evening with Texas style BBQ, church tours, games and great fellowship.
Charles Ligon, corporate chaplain, and member of The Other 6 Days team, challenged us to consider, “Why Our Work Matters to God.” He encouraged us that our work is not just a job, but a ministry.
Phil Martin, CEO Elect of The Church Network, showed us how to improve performance and increase engagement by using the coaching model of leadership to help us optimize our team’s strengths. Each attendee was given the opportunity to complete a Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment to identify, understand and maximize their strengths.
Carter Bliss provided attendees with a basic understanding of what is required to operate a pop-up emergency shelter. He discussed everything from advance preparations to best-operating practices based on his experience with Hurricane Harvey.
TopGolf – Family Outing
Great fun was had by all at TopGolf.
David Connery, Senior Account Executive for Accruent, kicked off the day by sharing the importance of conducting an assessment of a church’s physical resources – real estate, facilities, and equipment. They are critical to achieving your mission.
Construction & Design Industry Panel – Attendees had the opportunity to ask questions regarding the construction and design process, whether they are facing a new construction or redesign project.
Trade Show – The largest trade show in NACFM history opened on Wednesday with 24 vendors participating from all across the country and facilities industry. Many of them commented that they can’t wait to join us in Chicago next year. We may need a bigger exhibit hall space!
Breakouts – With 18 different breakout sessions, there was something applicable for everyone.
Our own Patrick Hart, NACFM President, shared with us in his session from his own experiences how to deal with setbacks, “Failure is Not an Option, or Is It?”
Dylan Lucas, Faithbridge Executive Pastor, closed out our conference sessions and had everyone roaring in laughter with his “Larry the Cable Guy” impersonation during his, “Gentle Musings from a Facility Manager.”
Thursday night’s banquet wrapped up conference as Milton Windler shared his NASA experiences as Flight Director for Apollo 13 and 14 space missions.
Bob Smiley entertained us with his ability to find humor in everyday situations.
Awards & Recognitions
Rick Burdon & His Wife Peggy – As the facilities manager for Faithbridge Church, Rick along with his wife Peggy did a wonderful job hosting this year’s conference.
Longevity Certificates - Members of the NACFM for 5, 10, 15, 20 and 25 years were recognized.
CCFM – Those that successfully passed the CCFM exam this week received their certificate.
Board Members – Three NACFM board members were recognized for their contributions to the association as their terms come to an end. Jon Owens, Director of Membership; Marie Welch, Secretary and Josh Eurle, Director of Communications. We are grateful for their leadership and wisdom they shared so generously.
New Board Members – Chris Shelton was recognized as the new Director of Membership. Homer Clark, the new NACFM Vice President closed out the 2019 Conference with prayer.
See you in Chicago June 15-18, 2020.