Facility Stewardship: Standing the Test of Time


Congregations are about people. But your physical space is also an important asset requiring thought and care. Facility management leader Tim Cool shares his convictions that caring for your congregation's facility is caring for something that God has entrusted to you.

Join us for this workshop and explore the various components of facility stewardship including storytelling, guest services, deferred maintenance, capital reserve planning and facility/operational budgeting. You’ll discover why your facilities matter and how they impact the community and guests. Cool will help you define the simple, yet impactful word “guest” - and talk about why words matter. You’ll work on developing a clear understanding as to the difference between deferred maintenance, general operational maintenance and life-cycle management.

By the end of the event, you will be able to:

  1. articulate why your facilities matter and how they impact the community and guests.
  2. describe the incredibly simple, and yet impactful word “guest” - and why words matter.
  3. plan for the inevitable cost related to the life cycle of your facility and establish a capital reserve plan.
  4. considerations for addressing the issues of an aging facility.


Tim Cool is the founder of Cool Solutions Group and has assisted nearly 400 congregations throughout the United States with their facility needs. He has collaborated with congregations in the areas of facility needs analysis, design coordination, pre-construction and construction management, as well as life cycle planning/facility management

This workshop is 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (Eastern time) Thursday, March 15, 2018 in Brownstown. The cost is $30 per person. When congregational teams of three or more register together, the cost is discounted to $25 per person. This fee includes continental breakfast, lunch and a copy of Cool’s book Plan 4 It: The 4 Essential Master Plans for Every Church.

Workshops are limited to Indiana congregations.

How can you maximize your learning in this workshop and others? Check out this Center for Congregations article, "Getting the Most from an Education Event."