This course equips church leadership with all of the tools needed to start a security ministry or improve an existing one. Church Security Planning explains the importance of constructing a written plan and gives step-by-step instructions on how to do it. This plan will be the backbone of all of your staff training and your security approach, allowing you to respond objectively instead of reacting subjectively.
All attendees receive a 75-page workbook, risk assessment worksheet, physical security checklists and templates to create a written plan.
Elements of a plan include:
- Constructing and outlining a mission statement
- Biblical authority for a security ministry
- Goals and objectives
- Risk assessment
- Planning checklists
- Code of conduct
- Policies and procedures
Additional topics include:
- Justification of a safety and security ministry
- Overcoming objections to protecting your congregation
- Statistics and trends of crimes against churches and the history of violent events in churches
- Challenges and realities of police response to in-progress crimes
- Armed vs. unarmed security: pros and cons
- Personnel selection for security ministries
- Active shooter response roles
- Working with local law enforcement
- Overview of threats to ministries
- Pastoral platform protection
- Physical security checklists and considerations
- Collecting, protecting and transporting the offering
- Establishing a medical ministry
- Liability: overview and considerations
- Ushers, greeters and parking teams: Their importance in security
- Nursery security and safety procedures
- Radios and communication protocols and selection
- Developing an outreach for protectors: law enforcement, military, medical and fire
Who should attend?
Pastors, church business administrators, facility managers, security directors, children’s ministry directors, security team members, church staff leadership, elders and deacons.