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Leveraging Business Continuity Concepts for Houses of Worship

Written by  GARY T. LUPTON & THERESA A. KIRCHNER

As business continuity and disaster recovery professionals, we focus our knowledge and expertise on ensuring that organizations for which we work or provide consulting expertise are prepared for natural and man-made disasters and severe outage situations. Hopefully, we have all bases covered in the event that such situations affect our personal lives. We also may volunteer for national or locally-based organizations to assist when disasters strike our communities. Many of us are members of the 250,000 houses of worship in the U.S., but we may consider our personal involvement with them as a part of our lives that has little practical relationship to our professional careers. This article focuses on the relevance of organizational business continuity for a nonprofit sector – churches (a term which we use in this article, in the generic sense, to refer to houses of worship, communities, or facilities which offer public religious services for members