"Only the flexible survive."
It's a phrase we've heard—and possibly said—many times. Life is unpredictable, and challenges do come our way, so how should uncertainty affect the way we approach information technology (IT) in our churches and ministries? We are dependent on our computers today in ways we might never have imagined. We rely on them to store contact information, process financial transactions, communicate—many of the nuts and bolts that enable and hold ministry together. Therefore we should do all that is reasonable and cost-effective to protect our organizations from being shut down by a disastrous event.
Planning now gives the flexibility needed for ministry survival.
And in the ever-changing legal and financial regulatory landscapes, IT disaster recovery plans are even more necessary.
Audits Force IT Planning
Because of the role IT plays in our ministries, certified public accountants are now required to test for good IT strategies. Those familiar with CPA audits know that auditors are increasing their focus on IT issues. Even if your church doesn't get audited, these areas are wise to address: