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Does your church building have any of these issues to contend with? (Lightstock)

11. Odors. Again, the list is long. The musty smell of water damage. The hangover of dirty diapers in the nursery or spoiled food in the kitchen. An unfixed clogged toilet. What's hard to believe is that people who attend regularly apparently do not notice the smells.

12. Unstocked bathrooms. Sometimes I feel like I'm traveling on a mission trip when I enter a church restroom—that is, I'm out of luck if I didn't bring my own toilet paper, soap and towels. Those issues are only magnified when the bathroom is generally dirty.

13. Poor lighting. Dimming the lighting might be an effective device to focus worship, but a service is hardly facilitated if members strain to read their Bibles. I'm especially sensitive to this one as I get older.

14. Few garbage cans. Church buildings would be cleaner if our buildings included nicely designed, strategically placed trash cans inside the building. There is a reason garbage cans in bathrooms and kitchens are often overflowing.

15. Faded paint. It's amazing what a fresh coat of paint will do to a room. It's also amazing how long some churches wait before adding that fresh coat.

What other facility issues have you seen?

Chuck Lawless currently serves as Professor of Evangelism and Missions and Dean of Graduate Studies at Southeastern Seminary. You can connect with Dr. Lawless on both Twitter and Facebook.

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