BWC Facility Sustainability Ministry
Summary: The Baltimore-Washington Conference (BWC) of the United Methodist Church and the newly introduced Facility Sustainability Ministry (FSM) desire to develop a network of professional service providers who through their skills can support mission and support the local churches within the conference. The skills list is designed to promote networking and fellowship opportunities within the BWC church community. Through the sharing of skills, conference churches may outsource to church members from other Methodist churches within the BWC. It is believed that this common thread among believers will allow both the local church and the service provider to benefit spiritually through their giving and economically through their labor.
Description: The BWC/FSM Skills List is created to engender cooperation between and within the church. Through the exchange of our GOD given skills and gifts, we are able to give of our time and talent to conference churches who may not have the necessary skills to accomplish many of their ministry or facility goals or needs. The BWC/FSM Skills List is the beginning of a stewardship and disciple model that may be used by our conference churches to assemble the necessary resources and assets needed to successfully meet their facility and ministry goals and purpose from within the church.
Clearly there are many benefits to using a skills database such as this.
- The local church through this skills database has access to Christian believers with a common denominational thread. This reduces the need to reach outside of the church for service providers and allows our BWC churches to work and grow together in a more vital way.
- The skills list will bring our church communities closer through intentional and purposeful involvement into the life and health of the church. As a church has a need, rather than paying market price for an electrician, Architect, attorney, graphics designer, kitchen consultant, etc., they will be able to call on believers in other UMC churches around the conference. In most cases, at a reduced cost or for a charitable contribution.
- Besides the potential economic and relational benefits the BWC/FSM Skills List provides, any savings or revenue generated through the process will find its way back to the church through tithing. This stimulates church health and growth at many levels.
The Baltimore-Washington Conference encourages churches to participate in the development of this skills database and to draw from our church members whenever they have a need that may otherwise have to outsource to the secular community.