The threat of violence is ever present and increasing consistently in our churches today. World trends are forcing churches to upgrade matters of safety and security. In the first six months of 2009 there were 17 violent crimes reported by churches, with 6 of these crimes resulting in homicides. Most churches do not require full-time pastoral protection; however, there are frequently times where situational protection is needed for pastors, church leaders and the speaker platform within the sanctuary.
The instructor was outstanding in knowledge and ability to teach even a slow learner, like myself. This course will assist me in identifying what or who might be a threat. It has equipped me with various tools that will allow me to be more effective during security detail…I truly enjoyed this course. I found the information extremely valuable.
The conference was well planned, material was relevant and the presentation was engaging. Instructor was well versed on the topics and could provide examples to help convey the information being presented.
Excellent delivery and quality of presentation. There were a number of good things that were brought out as we walked through the facilities and as the demonstrations showed us techniques for maintaining control and a more secure environment. I think the course has made me more aware of security issues and well as giving me more tools to help make the church more safe.
Excellent program of instruction. Instructor kept students engaged throughout the blocks of instruction. Would highly recommend this course to any organization that either is starting up a security program or would just like a quick check to see if your security program is on track.
[Instructor’s] passion for the subject was obvious in his delivery. Fun, interesting class. I saw many things I could (and will) implement into our existing program! Good use of my time.
Every church in the land should send a representative to this training. It would be a real eye-opener for the church and another avenue for saving souls.
Outstanding presentation. Way to incorporate biblical principles into core mission of church! This course will help the church with implementing a sound security plan/policy.
This was an excellent presentation that covered many areas of church security. The presenter was well informed on the material presented and kept my attention the entire time. It was apparent [he] is passionate about the topic of church security and has a caring attitude.
Not only in depth knowledge of subject matter but obvious passion for the cause and a great heart for the student. [This training] confirms all the good things we have already done and adds considerably to the bag of tricks we are building going forward. Great information and well worth the investment.
Very well presented & I appreciated your testimony of your faith as well. You did a great job getting all to participate & feel comfortable asking questions.
This course is designed to provide a church security team with capabilities related to protecting not only church leadership but also the immediate family of church leadership as well. The training will allow a church security team to evaluate whether a pastoral protection aspect is needed in a full –time or situational as needed basis. This is accomplished through risk assessment and, if protection is needed, determining whether or not the protection is needed on a situational or seasonal basis. The training provided includes stationary / platform worship protection principles and mobile speaking / mission trip protection principles.
Who Should Attend?
- Church leaders (pastors, security / safety directors)
- Church security / safety personnel
- Biblical authority for church safety and protection
- Threat assessment
- Recognizing traits of suspicious behavior
- Recognizing traits of armed individuals
- O.O.D.A. Cycle
- Winning mindset
- Awareness priority matrix
- Sanctuary prioritization
- General concepts of pastoral protection
- Selection of protectors
- The protection detail
- Levels of protection
- Foot escort formations
- Altar call protocols
- Diagonal deployment within the sanctuary
- Foot escort counter ambush tactics
- Platform protection
- Vehicle escort
- Vehicle entry and exit
- The importance of a proper advance reviews
- Site surveys
- Waist-type holster
- Comfortable clothing for practical exercises
- An outer garment to conceal firearm (sport coat, vest, or jacket)
- Eye, ear, groin, and neck protection, gloves
- (Chest protection for women)