Budgeting and Maintenance – Spending Money on Something You Don’t See
With budgeting in mind and realizing that replacing equipment can be quite costly, I strongly encourage you to regularly maintain your equipment, especially the bigger and more expensive pieces.
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Team Management ResourceWorship Facilities Magazine, September-October 2017
The September-October 2017 issue of Worship Facilities Magazine offers a glance at a Granger Community Church, and their recent install of a Lawo audio mixing console system.
It’s always nice to see a tangible item that you can put your hands on when you spend money. For media directors, though, that isn’t always the case. People typically don’t like to pay for something that they can’t touch; at least I don’t. However, budgeting for preventive maintenance, and even required maintenance is necessary.
When creating our yearly ministry budget there is always a line item for equipment maintenance. I always hope that I never need to spend that money, but at least I am prepared, if I need to have any equipment repaired or replaced.
Recently, I attended a workshop for media and technical directors hosted by a large multi-campus church in the state where I live. One of the things that was mentioned was budgeting over the course of several years, to be able to replace equipment. I had never considered this, however, when it comes time to replace a major item due to upgrades or worst case, failure, it is good to already have a plan in place — along with the money to pay for it — so that your ministry doesn’t take a big hit all at once.
If you are in a situation where a projector or console dies, then you are looking at spending thousands or even tens-of-thousands of dollars for replacing these pieces of equipment. If the ministry you serve with is anything like the church where I serve, then you don’t have this kind of money just lying around, waiting to be spent on fixing or replacing something. Therefore, by planning ahead, it can save you from spending a lot of money unexpectedly.
With budgeting in mind and realizing that replacing equipment can be quite costly, I strongly encourage you to regularly maintain your equipment, especially the bigger and more expensive pieces. For example, by keeping filters clean on projectors you can extend their life. I know that if we had to replace the two main projectors at my church we would be looking at spending approximately $20,000, but by doing preventive maintenance, the life of those projectors can be extended.
Latest ResourceWorship Facilities Magazine, November-December 2017
The November-December 2017 issue of Worship Facilities Magazine offers a review of the 49 New Product Award entries this year, as well as those entries up for Solomon Awards in 2017.