How to prepare your facility for church events
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Hosting a special event at your church requires a few extra steps than Sunday services. Before you go too far down the road planning your next event, make sure you've considered these items:
1. Reserve the room(s)
Each ministry department likely hosts a few events throughout the year. The last thing you want to do is double-book rooms or even the entire church facility.
If you don't already have a room reservation system, now is the time to look into putting one in place. You need to make sure the facilities team knows what you need for this event in plenty of time for them to support your efforts.
2. Gather event details
The facilities team will need several essential details as they plan to support this event:
- Estimated number of attendees
- What room(s) need to be set up
- How you want each room set up (number of tables, chairs, audio/visual requirements, lighting, etc.)
- The date(s) and time(s) for the event
- If any activities will occur outdoors
- If you're providing childcare for event attendees
3. Leave time for setup and tear down
Don't just reserve the rooms for the time of the event. Depending on how extensive the décor and setup is, you may need to reserve those areas for the day (or more) before the event. Also, allow sufficient time after the event to restage the rooms for weekly services and clean the facility.
4. Arrange for staff to be present
You might need someone available to run the sound, video and lighting. You may also need facilities staff to let you into the building on an early Saturday morning or to lock up the church afterward. Also, consider whether you'll have members of your church security team at the event.
5. Arrange for proper climate control
This is something to discuss with your facilities team when you ask to reserve room(s). Depending on how they manage the central heat and air, they'll need to arrange to have the areas of the facility you'll use property heated or air conditioned. They might recommend using certain rooms that are covered by the same HVAC unit to save on energy costs.
6. Conduct a walkthrough
Especially if this event will attract first-time guests, you want to make sure you're making a good first impression.
Walk through your facility starting in the parking lot:
- Do you see any potholes?
- Are there large cracks in the sidewalk?
Approach the church building:
- Is the entrance you want people to use for this event obvious?
- Is the paint chipped?
- Does the landscaping need fresh mulch or weeds removed?
Walk inside the building:
- Is the doormat frayed and dirty?
- Do you see scuff marks on the walls?
- Are there lots of stains on the carpet?
If you're providing childcare at this event, walk through the children's areas:
- Are those areas clean with toys stacked neatly?
- Does it look like a safe, fun place for little ones to play?
Work with those responsible for each area (facilities, children's ministry, etc.) to freshen up the church as needed. You might arrange a volunteer church beautification day a week before the event to spruce up areas that need extra attention.
Special events are a great way to disciple your congregation and attract new people to the church. With intentional planning and working together as a team, you can pull off excellent events that draw people closer to Christ.
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