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Intruder Awareness and Response for Church Personnel (1 day)

  • Hilliard First Assembly of God 550920 U.S. Highway 1 Hilliard, FL, 32046 United States (map)

Many churches have taken comfort in the thought that “it could never happen here.” But headlines and a steadily-growing body of statistical evidence demonstrate that violence in faith-based organizations may not be an if, but a when.

Church Security and Intruder Awareness Training will equip your staff and key volunteers to create a personalized security plan that protects your congregation while maintaining a welcoming environment.


Your church can be secure, yet welcoming. A focus on security does not, and should not, compromise the mission of your church. 

Our one-day training provides a quick overview of how these two important goals can complement one another in practice.

We’ll equip your team to recognize physical indicators of suspicious behavior (nervousness, anti-social tendencies, strange attire). Understanding body language can help identify someone with an intention for violence or disruption. If you can detect a problem before it starts, you have a much greater chance of defusing it. 

This course also discusses the behavioral indicators of armed individuals whether they are armed lawfully or unlawfully. In addition, we emphasize the importance of a culture of “see something, say something.”

Our one-day training also covers the “art of the security handshake” – allowing you to greet a suspicious individual while also identifying if he is armed.

In addition, we’ll educate your team on:

  • Statistics on church violence
  • The biblical and ethical justification for church security
  • History of violence at churches
  • Approaching armed individuals
  • Verbally de-escalating conflict
  • Lockdown procedures for threats inside and outside the building
  • What to do when lockdown fails
  • Awareness
  • Training your team

Who should attend?
Ushers, greeters, church leadership, security teams, parking teams, deacons and elders, volunteers, staff and volunteers in frequent contact with the congregation and visitors