Church IT

What if we made FEMA obsolete?

Let me start off by saying what I am about to suggest may seem somewhat far-fetched. Pie in the sky even. But then, so did that whole “put a man on the moon” thing at one point.

A couple of months ago, I was fortunate enough to meet up with Jason Reynolds. Our discussions related to the idea of disaster recovery. Jason got it in his head to do a southern fried CITRT. The planning of which has begun. You won’t want to miss it.

One of the things that has been rolling around in my head has been the definition of “Disaster Recovery”. I mean really, do we define “recovery” as “All our systems are up, the brush is cleared from the lot, buildings opened and dry.” or is it much more than that? Is it about Recover, Restore, and Resource?

Recover- help to provide basic needs-food, water, shelter.
Restore-aid families in putting lives back together.
Resource-ongoing efforts-both physical and emotional

One might ask, where does church IT come into this? Dead center. There was a time when all you needed to be a church was a pastor, an organized secretary and a car. Now everything is about the flow of information. Getting the people with needs in touch with the people who can fill them. It really and truly is about the HUMAN resources.

Which brings me back to my title. It is often quoted in churches that “We are God’s plan A for the world-and there is no plan B.” and equally “There is nothing more powerful than the local church when it works well.” What do you think? When tragedy strikes who would you rather call? A friend or a government agency?

If you are responsible for the flow of communication within your organization, if a flood comes, would you  have a plan in place? A list of people you can call? One of the great things about networking is that we have the opportunity to minister to each other. Is there someone you could call if a hurricane or tornado caused your server room to flood? By that I mean, “someone who would care about more than the revenue”.  What if all your vital communications operations were handled in such a way that if disaster struck, ministry could still continue? “The buildings gone, but I still have email!” is a lot different than “Server’s down. Everyone play solitare until it is fixed.”

I don’t know how much pure Disaster Recovery/Response will be covered in this event. By definition Roundtables are not agenda driven. See this. But there will be some top notch people there. There has already been committment from a couple of large vendors.

Watch Jason’s blog and for details and reports after the event. Church IT isn’t about “equipping ministers to do the glory work”. It is much more vital than that.

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