Emergency Transition Management
Writing a policy that guides the preparation for and response to an unplanned transition
We asked pastors to list their top 2 concerns related to succession planning. Of those who listed Emergency Transition Management as a Top 2 Concern:
or succession plan in place
or help with succession planning
What's Emergency Transition Management all about?
Emergency Planning is a formalized process of making critical decisions before an unplanned transition presents itself. I am convinced that 80% of the decisions that ministry leadership needs to make in the wake of an emergency can be made ahead of time.
In preparing for an unplanned, emergency situation the first step is to be able to name the type of situation the ministry finds itself confronted with. There are four primary categories.
Imminent Temporary – These are situations that are quickly approaching and the associated impact will be short-lived. (Example: An unexpected Pregnancy)
Imminent Permanent – These are situations that are quickly approaching and will have a lasting impact. (Example: A life-altering medical diagnosis)
Immediate Temporary – These are situations that just occurred, but the impact will be short-lived. (Example: A car wreck)
Immediate Permanent – These are situations that just occurred that will have a lasting impact. (Example: A fatal heart attack)
The Ministry Board would be wise to account for all four categories when crafting an Emergency Transition Management Policy.