Church Security Boot Camp (4 Days)
This is an advanced, comprehensive training that involves conflict de-escalation principles, tactical application of firearms and an understanding of legal and biblical principles of self-defense.
Days 1 and 2
Tactical Applications of the Pistol for Church Protectors
Participants will be equipped to responsibly respond to a lethal threat. This takes trainees beyond the skill level of a concealed carry permit. Concealed carry training is minimal at best and is intended for individuals to protect themselves or their households. Expecting success with concealed carry training in a crowded, chaotic environment is not realistic. It could even be considered reckless or negligent. Friendly fire is never friendly.
Have you asked armed volunteers, with only concealed carry training, to protect your church? If so, you are exposing your church as an organization to liability and may even result in a insurer refusing a claim or dropping your coverage.
This training represents the real-world reality of a lethal force engagement. Having these capabilities is a must if you expect success.
This course provides participants with the skill set to operate a weapon with:
- One or both hands
- A preferred or non-preferred hand
- Standing, kneeling or modified prone
- Shooting on the move both forwards, backwards and laterally
This dynamic course begins with classroom instruction that covers legal and liability issues and safety with a firearm. Classroom discussion includes the lawful and proper use of force.
Principles and tactics are applicable to team members who serve churches and religious organizations in an armed security capacity.
The majority of our time involves physical training for developing tactically correct motor skills for deploying with your pistol in an emergency.
These skill competencies include deploying your pistol, firing and managing your gear while:
- Using a stationary position of concealment/cover
- Moving forward and backward
- Moving laterally and at oblique angles
- Utilizing one or both hands from a variety of positions and fighting platforms
Our building-block approach to training is appropriate for the person who is new to handling a firearm as well as experienced individuals who want to take their skills and abilities to a new level. We focus on principles, tactics and techniques that will lead to success in an armed encounter. Participants learn not only how to survive, but prevail in protecting their congregation from an armed threat.
- Safety at Home, on the Range, and While Carrying Concealed in Public
- The Principles of Marksmanship
- Equipment Selection and Proper Gear Placement
- Legal and Justifiable Use of Force
- A winning Mindset and Stress Management
- Loading, Unloading, and Reloading
- Developing Natural Index Points
- Communication and Working with a Partner
- Verbal Challenges and Commands
- Proper Draw Stroke and Proper Recovery to the Holster
- Single and Multiple Threat Engagement
- Shooting on the Move
- Horizontal and Vertical Displacements
- Immediate Action Drills and Clearing Malfunctions
- Making Proper Decisions Under Duress
- CQB – Close Quarters Battle
- Prevailing in Low Light
- Equipment needed for days 1 and 2 firearms training
- Holster (You must use a secure and well-fitting holster that retains your primary firearm near your dominant hip. “Secure” means that your pistol must not come out of the holster accidentally. Other types of holsters such as cross-draw, shoulder, ankle, belly-band, purse or fanny pack models are not acceptable).
- Minimum 750 rounds factory ammunition for primary handgun
- Ammunition is hard to obtain from most suppliers. Make arrangements for gaining the ammunition you need well in advance.
- A minimum of three magazines or speed loaders for your primary firearm
- Holster or pouch for spare magazines or speed loaders
- Hearing protection
- Wraparound eye protection – prescription glasses are acceptable
- Ball cap or cap with brim
- Jacket, vest or heavy shirt to conceal your pistol
- Hydration source
- Clothing and footwear suitable for all weather conditions
- Range bag or duffel that allows you to bring all gear to the line with you
- Cleaning rods and brushes in the correct caliber for your pistols
- Backup firearms are recommended in case of failure (We cannot guarantee that a loaner firearm will be available. If you do not own a pistol or revolver, you may contact us in advance and we may be able to make arrangements to provide one for your training).
Day 3: Compliance and Control for Church Security Personnel
Attendees are educated on why we are biblically, ethically and legally obligated to provide the safest worship environment for our visitors, members and staff. In doing so we do not want to compromise the environment of comfort, refuge and worship that we strive for. This session is designed to empower church staff members with the skills needed to de-escalate situations within the church walls that become physical in nature.
The desire of any church is to prevent a volatile situation from becoming physical. As a result, staff must be trained to de-escalate confrontations in a manner that allows them the greatest opportunity to prevent injury to themselves or others.
This course is physical in nature and participants should realize this prior to registering. However, the principles taught do not rely on strength and stamina as much as they do breathing, relaxation and proper understanding and application of the physics of confrontations between single or multiple adversaries.
Benefits of this training:
- Reduce the possibility of a violent incident
- Reduce the possibility of negative publicity
- Reduce your liability exposure
- Discussion on the foundation of compliance and control
- Discovering what breathing, relaxation, posture and movement really are
- “How strong do I have to be?”
- The many uses of a “simple” hand shake
- The use of “soft” empty hand techniques for control
- Applying restraint holds and providing controlled escort
- Defense against different weapons
- Working within the confined space of church or through a crowd.
- Protecting one’s own equipment
Please bring the following items:
- Handcuffs (if you carry them)
- Groin protection (optional)
- Mouthpiece (optional)
- Clothing suitable for mat work
- Hydration source
Day 4: Intruder Awareness and Response for Church PersonnelMost churches do not require full-time pastoral protection. However, there are sometimes occasions where situational protection is needed for pastors and others within the church.
This course equips church security teams to protect pastors, key leaders and their immediate families. It addresses protecting a speaker on a platform, a traveling speaker and international travel (such as a mission trip).
- Groin protection (optional)