One of the campuses for 12Stone Church is located in a local high school. Their team sets up every Sunday morning…holds two services (9am and 11am)…and then packs it all back up again. This is repeated every 7 days…and over 700 people worship there every week.
We have a GMC 2500 truck and 20′ enclosed trailer that is used to carry equipment and supplies to this campus. The trailer is a double-axle version with two 3,500 lb axles…and therefore rated for a total of 7,000 lbs.
I recently placed our trailer onto some truck size scales….it weighed in at 6,800 lbs.
The trailer carries its rated capacity every week. There is no margin left. Therefore, we replace the trailer bearings every 6 months at a cost of $500 each time (ouch!) Last month, we took too long in servicing the trailer…so the bearings burned up in route between campuses. We are fortunate that no one was hurt…and that the disabled trailer did not impact services that weekend.
That is why we have should have margin in our trailer load capacity. For the same reason, we protect margins (contingencies) in our campus budgets. For the same reason, project plans have slack time to protect their schedule.
Sometimes…we forget that this also applies to our personal life. As human beings, we need to protect our margins too. The unexpected should be…well…expected.
How are you doing with that?
Thanks for listening.