The Big Book of Checklists is a practical, easy-to-use tool designed to help ministries of all sizes assess and address common risks. You can download the whole eBook to share with your team or scroll through the risk management categories below and download the individual checklists any time you need them.
Completing the checklists will help you learn what to watch for, what to avoid, and what you can do to protect your ministry’s investment in its property and people.
The checklists in this book are designed to help you take the first steps toward improved risk management by assessing risk in key areas of your ministry. You can complete the checklists individually or all at once—whichever works best for you.
If you answer “yes” to questions on a checklist, that means your ministry is already following some generally accepted best practices.
If you answer “needs attention” to any of the questions, you can use the checklist to note issues that need more attention and create a follow-up plan for improvement.
Each checklist contains room to make notes for specific needs that are discovered while completing the checklist. These notes will become the building blocks of your plan.
You may want to create a binder of the completed checklists. Consider storing relevant notes, estimates, receipts, and other related paperwork in the binder.
Evaluating risk throughout your ministry is not a one-time procedure. Rather, it will become an ongoing process that you continually evaluate and improve upon.
What should I do first?
Find the right person to oversee this responsibility. A team of people may be needed to do the work of evaluating your ministry’s risks, and someone with a heart for risk management should lead the team. Then, decide which area of ministry to tackle first. Once you have improved safety in one area, you can build on that success to make changes elsewhere.
The information provided on this page is intended to help you understand issues of risk management as you develop a program for your ministry, but it does not constitute legal advice and is not a substitute for the advice from a licensed attorney in your area. We strongly encourage you to regularly consult with a local attorney as part of your risk management program.
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