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Do recent events have you concerned about your church’s security plan or lack of a plan? HavHave you been considering developing a church security ministry in your church, but you do not really know where to start?
When a church is confronted by the evils of child abuse, robbery, domestic violence, stalking, and church shootings, it is natural to ask many questions, but primarily, “What is our responsibility to provide a safe environment for our members?”
Has your church examined it’s liability If you have not done due diligence? What is at stake if background checks are not done, a child is abused, or the unimaginable violent event happens in your church? The importance of having your church’s policy and procedures in place BEFORE an incident happens is extremely critical. Knowing who is going to handle each responsibility, how it is going to be done, and documenting exactly how it was handled is expected in our litigious society.
How does your church assess threats? How would your fellowship respond to a bomb threat? How can your security and safety team care for the member or guest with an appropriate medical response? What if a tornado occurs during a worship service? How should the team respond? Or worse, what if a church shooting occurs, do you have a plan in place?
Failing to have a plan in place can be disastrous for your church. Contingency planning, training, and documentation are essential for reducing church liability and really protecting your congregation.
Here is the information you need to start a Volunteer Church Security Ministry. Stages of team development, risk analysis, setting up a team, choosing team members, talking to church management, policies and procedures.
Topics in this guide include:
Understanding the Reason Your Church Needs a Security Team
Why Should Churches Start a Safety or Security Team?
Planning for A Safety/Security Team
Church Risk Assessment: Where will you get Hurt the Most?
What Type and Size of Security Team Does Your Church Need?
Building a Church Security Team to fit the Church Size and Needs
What Can Your Church Security Team Legally Do?
Team Selection – Who Should You Choose
Using Off Duty Police or Volunteers for Church Security?
The Importance of Criminal Background Checks
Do You Have an Emergency Church Crisis Management Plan?
Working With Local Law Enforcement
Notify the Local Law Enforcement Agency about Your Team
Use of Force Continuum’s – Introduction and Chart
Protecting the Church Offering – The Risks
Protecting the Church Offering – Procedures
Dealing with Unruly People
Seven Things Never to Say to Anyone, and Why
Bomb Threats or suspicious Packages
Security for the Children’s Ministry
The Church First Aid Kit
Understanding AED Basics
Another Church Shooting? Should We Arm Ourselves?
Church Security Teams and Carrying Sidearms.
Should the Entire Team be Armed?
Use of Force Policy (check local laws)
Use of Force – Physical Contact
Use of Force – Impact or Chemical Defensive Weapons
Use of Force – Deadly Force Weapons/Firearms
Four Self Defense Moves For A Close Quarter Attack
The Expanding Baton
Team Response to the Active Shooter
Single Person Response To The Active Shooter
The Need for Intelligence Gathering by Church Security Teams
A Review of the Knoxville, TN Church Shooting
California Church Shooting – Critical Incident Review
Church Building Security
The Guardian Call –The Story of Church Protectors
Bomb Threat Information Sheet
Hate or Anti-Religious Groups – Menacing Person or Weapons Threat Sheet
Sample Security Team Application
Sample Incident Report Sheet
Incident Report Log
Risk Assessment Form
The Church Security Ministry is such a vital part of our church ministry. People come to hear the wonderful message of Jesus Christ…it needs to be in a safe place. The Church Security Team provides the church family the freedom to focus on ministry while they keep the environment safe and protected. It is a new day in church life and the security and safety ministry is a must!
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