Emergency Operations Planning Step 5: Approval

After finalizing the first draft of the plan, the planning team should present the draft to the appropriate leadership and request feedback and/or obtain official approval.

Consider other stakeholders in the congregation, such as your worship and religious education committees, as well as people with knowledge about special needs, and those who are from historical (and current) marginalized communities. They may raise additional concerns related to their areas of ministry.

Once the draft is edited and approved by the stakeholders and leadership, consider how to present the plan to the congregation. A check of the congregation’s bylaws will determine whether or not an emergency operations plan will require a congregational vote.