Maintaining Business and Ministry with a Church Continuity Plan

During a pandemic your church will want to have plans in place to ensure that operations continue smoothly and are not a source of stress or crisis.

While churches and congregations are not businesses, they do provide critical services and sanctuary, employ staff, purchase and maintain equipment and supplies, require reliable building heating/ventilating/air conditioning, require income streams, payment of expenses and banking services, information technology and communication systems. All or some of these services and systems are easily disrupted during a disaster or other emergency directly affecting your church or your community or even your province. New church building plans, including building systems, equipment and furnishings, should take these service continuity factors into account, e.g. showers for men and women, ability to easily connect portable generators to electrical system if prolonged power outage, mass public feeding, etc.

A Church Continuity Plan attempts to ensure critical congregational services and activities can continue during a disaster and that there is a plan to resume normal functioning after the disaster. It will help keep your congregation viable during and after a disruptive event.

Critical services or products are those that must be delivered to ensure survival, avoid causing injury, and meet legal or other obligations of an organization. Business Continuity Planning is a proactive planning process that ensures critical services or products are delivered during a disruption, and normal services or products are resumed as effectively as possible after the disruption.

A Church Continuity Plan includes:

  • Plans, measures and arrangements to ensure the continuous delivery of critical services and products, which permits the organization to recover its facility, data and assets.
  • Identification of necessary resources to support business continuity, including personnel, information, equipment, financial allocations, legal counsel, infrastructure protection and accommodations.

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