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The Sweet Smell of Spring

Donna Hostetler, April 4, 2016

“Spring cleaning” is on! It’s also a great time to take a look (and smell) at your children’s ministry or student ministry areas. As consultants we arrive at a variety of facilities and see what guests see, sometimes good and sometimes not.

Consider this “Spring Clean” checklist:

  • How easy is it for guests to locate your children’s or student’s facility? Are there clear directional signs? (Are there guides at service times?)
  • How does your facility smell? Yes, smell? Is there a lingering odor from previous Sundays, last Friday night’s event? Is there a smell of diapers or mustiness?
  • Are the carpets stained, stretched, snagged or well worn? Are vinyl floors skid-marked?
  • Do the rooms and contents look organized or are there stacks of supplies, miscellaneous piles, lost and found?
  • Are monitor screens showing current information?
  • Are wall or counter flyers/posters current?
  • Are bulletin boards attractive and seasonally up-to-date?
  • Are the toys dirty or room equipment broken?
  • Do rooms or hallways need a fresh coat of paint? Are they marred, needing touch-up?

It’s easy to overlook any of the above. But your guests will notice. Think about your own perceptions when you walk into a restaurant for the first time. You’re looking for the “A”. The same is true for parents leaving their children or students in your facility.  Time to clean up!




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