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Broken Buildings: The Impact of Deferred Maintenance on Your Facility and Mission

Deferred maintenance in your facility can severely limit, or even stop, your ability to minister to the community you serve. While addressing the issue can be difficult, learning how to understand it and plan for it does not have to be. If you want to better steward what He has entrusted to you, this event is for you. The day will include sessions on understanding the need and impact of regulatory standards on the facility, how to identify the deficient areas, learning what to prioritize and why, the impact deferred maintenance has on guest experience, how to budget for the immediate and long-term needs, and practical exercises to practice many of these concepts. This will be a discussion and project-based learning environment; come prepared to learn, work, and laugh together.

In Person

Workshop Investment: $30 per person
Congregations with three of more members in attendance will receive a $5 discount per registrant. 

March 12 Event Details
Avalon Manor
3550 East Lincoln Hwy
Merrillville, IN 46410

March 14 Event Details
Embassy Suites Noblesville
13700 Conference Center Drive South
Noblesville, IN 46037

This workshop will be offered twice to offer the most scheduling flexibility for attendees. Attendees do not need to attend both sessions.

Workshop(s) are listed in local time.

March 12, 2024
9:00 am-4:00 pm
March 14, 2024
9:00 am-4:00 pm
About the instructor

Nathan Parr has been a Facility Stewardship Specialist with Smart Church Solutions since September 2017. During this time, he has performed Facility Condition Assessments that equate to over 6 million square feet and has identified more than $65 million in deferred maintenance for organizations in 26 states. In addition to assessments, Nathan is a software trainer for Smart Church Solutions and performs training and evaluation services for facility managers and their teams.

The Lord prepared Nathan to work with churches from the beginning of his earliest jobs, though it took a while for him to catch up. His first introduction to facility maintenance was in elementary school working with a roofer to clean up shingles. From that moment, Nathan’s jobs have provided insight into many areas of facility stewardship.

For three years, Nathan worked with a commercial landscaping company in Kansas, learning what it took to maintain landscapes and ensure you stayed hydrated. While in college as an undergraduate, he worked in the Kansas State University Department of Theatre and Dance Scene Shop, the university construction shop, the local IATSE (International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees) union, and for a local construction company that was a registered contractor for historic preservation.

Nathan then enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and went to California and Alabama for initial training. He entered the Marine Corps Reserves and moved to South Carolina. While there, Nathan worked as a supervisor for a commercial contractor, working on projects from new fire stations to high-end residential remodels and additions. A year was also spent installing commercial flat roofs in the Carolinas and Georgia.

In 2003, Nathan opened his own residential remodeling company and began working throughout Central Texas. In 2004/2005, he was activated and deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, 2-2. Nathan served under the 1st Marine Division in the Al-Anbar Province of Iraq.

Upon completion of active duty, Nathan decided to pivot and began working at a large church in central Texas as the Operations Manager. The church was active seven days a week, hosted a state-licensed child-care facility, Chinese and Spanish Mission churches, a private school, and maintained nine distinct properties with ten acres downtown. While working as the Operations Manager, Nathan earned a Master’s degree in Theological Studies, a Masters in Business Administration, became a certified and commissioned private security officer in the State of Texas, and obtained his Food Safety Manager certification.

Nathan is a sought-after thought leader at several national conferences and expos, webinars, and publications. He believes that all he has experienced has been prep work for where God has him now—working with those who wish to be the best stewards of what has been entrusted to them.

Nathan and his wife Andi have three children and reside in Texas.