It’s the end of the year and you know what that means: the opportunity for a fresh start when you ring in the new year!
While everyone is working on their New Year’s resolutions, your church can join in on the fun with a big cleanup. By organizing the building, church members can walk in the door in January feeling refreshed and ready for the amazing growth in the year ahead.
But you’re probably staring at those messy closets and cupboards wondering where to even start. Don’t run and hide yet. We’ve got some tips for you. Read on to get some New Year’s inspiration.
1. Form a volunteer group.
There is no reason for you to organize the church alone. You also don’t need to make your staff spend extra hours on this. The great thing about organizing spaces is that just about anyone can do it.
Reach out to your congregation and ask for a few volunteers to come help. Many hands make swift work! This really doesn’t need to take a ton of time, either. Get 10-20 dedicated volunteers to volunteer their time for a few hours on a Saturday.
2. Devise a plan of attack.
Managing volunteers is a pain if you don’t know what the plan is for cleanup. People milling around asking what they should do is total chaos.
So make a plan ahead of time. Walk around the building looking into all the cupboards, closets, drawers, and storage spaces. Make a detailed list of what isn’t working in all those spaces and how it should change.
When volunteers arrive, split them into teams and give them specific rooms to tackle with plenty of instructions.
3. Consider new storage solutions.
Some of the messes you’re dealing with might be because your storage isn’t serving you well. Reevaluate what you’ve got and what needs to be renovated or added to improve storage efficiency.
Reach out to the church community to find someone who would be willing to alter the current storage spaces as a donation. Make sure the project is complete before you bring in the volunteers to reorganize everything.
4. Make the storage accessible.
What’s the worst kind of storage space ever? The kind you can’t get into to access the items being stored.
Don’t let that happen to you. Organizing isn’t just about making things look nice. It’s about making sure your spaces are being used as effectively and efficiently as possible.
For furniture items that get stored away like chairs, keep chair caddies in the same closet. At your next event, it will be simple to pull out extra or special chairs.
5. Stock up on often used items.
Make sure that you’re totally stocked up on office supplies, children’s materials, and other kinds of regularly used items. Don’t forget furniture, while you’re at it.
If your church is growing, you might find at times that you’re using every chair or table in the building. Time to get some more furniture to have on hand for busy seasons, big events, or even special occasions.
6. Keep it organized.
After your volunteers have finished up and gone home, it’s time to design a plan to keep it organized permanently. Or at least more organized than in the past.
Create labels, designate places for every item and design other systems that will help church members understand how to keep things tidy. Include input from your volunteers since they’ll have some great post-activity observations to report.
Organizing for Church Effectiveness
Sure, organizing feels great. But it does more than bring good vibes to a church. It’s also good for attracting new members who are attracted and impressed by your well functioning church. It helps retain members because they will see a church that cares about how well it’s doing. It will help your budget since staff won’t lose items in the back of a closet, then go out and buy more. Do your church a favor and get things organized for the new year!
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