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
- 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