Church Security Planning & Intruder Awareness/Response (2-Days)


The 1st day of this 2-day seminar will give each attendee the information and tools to start up your church’s safety/security ministry or formalize/professionalize your church’s existing security ministry. Additionally the seminar will address specific information related to intruder response, lock down preparation, when lock down fails preparation, offering transport, embezzlement prevention, nursery security protocols, medical safety ministry preparation, pastoral preparation and many other topics related to the safety and security of the church environment. The seminar format allows the attendee all of the tools they need (via a 75 page workbook completed in the course) to either start up or formalize your church’s security ministry.

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.
Byron PierceOak Ridge Baptist ChurchKansas City, KS

This course is intended for those in church leadership (i.e., etc.) to be provided with all of the tools needed to start a security ministry from nothing or to formalize and professionalize a security ministry already in place.

Additionally this course will cover the importance of constructing written plan and give step by step instructions how to do so. Putting a plan for your security ministry in writing is very important because actions in a crisis will be judged under the assumption that your team reacted subjectively. A written plan allows your ministry to counter these assumptions by stating that your team DID NOT react subjectively but instead reacted objectively based on a written plan, policies and procedures that had been trained to all staff and volunteers involved. An overview of constructing and outlining a “Mission Statement”, “Biblical Authority”, “Goals & Objectives”, “Risk Assessment”, “Planning Checklists”, “Code of Conduct” and “Policies & Procedures” for your written plan are covered.

Additionally this course covers the following topics during this eight hour session.

  • Justification of a Safety & Security Ministry
  • Overcoming Objections to Protecting the Flock
  • Statistics & Trends of Crimes Against Churches
  • Challenges & Realities of Response “In Progress” Crimes
  • Armed vs. Unarmed – Pros. Vs. Cons of Armed vs. Unarmed Security Personnel
  • Personnel Selection for Security Ministries
  • History & Demographics of Violent Events in Churches
  • Active Shooter Response (Security Response vs. Leadership, Staff & Volunteers)
  • Working w/ Local Law Enforcement
  • Overview of Threats to Ministries (Intruders, Secular Extremists, Protestors, Disgruntled)
  • Pastoral/Platform Protection – Overview & Considerations
  • Physical Security Checklists & Considerations
  • Offering Collection, Protection, and Transport
  • Establishing a Medical Ministry –Overview & Considerations
  • Liability – Overview & Considerations
  • Ushers, Greeters & Parking – Including them in the Security Ministry Mission
  • Nursery Security & Safety Procedures
  • Radios & Communication Protocols & Selection
  • Developing an Outreach for Protectors – Law Enforcement, Military, Medical and Fire

All attendees receive a 75+ page workbook, risk assessment worksheet, physical security checklists & template sections for the written plan.

Who should attend?

  • Pastoral Leadership
  • Business Administrators
  • Facility managers
  • Security Directors
  • Children’s Directors
  • Security Team Members
  • Staff Leadership
  • Elder


Day #2 – Intruder Awareness/Response & Conflict Management

Greeters, Ushers, Parking, Deacons, Elders, Leadership, Staff, Volunteers & First Line Reception Personnel

This course will educate your church security, ushers, greeters and parking attendants on recognizing behavioral pre-cursors to suspicious behavior. Knowing the body language is many times a PRIOR indicator to behavioral intentions or acts, an overview of suspicious behavior or pre-cursors to watch for is reviewed. This course also discusses the behavioral indicators of armed individuals whether they are lawfully armed or unlawfully armed. Summarized this section will instill a mindset of “SEE Something . . . SAY Something” for those that attend.

A review of statistics and trends of crimes against churches since 2007 will be reviewed. Additionally the justification of safety & security within the church complete with biblical authority is reviewed and discussed. A review of several in progress crimes against persons at churches and church events for lessons learned and historical trends are covered as well.

A discussion and practical training block on “the art of the handshake” and the “technique” of the handshake will be discussed and demonstrated. Discussion and demonstration on distance and closing strategies for those approaching and evaluating armed individuals in a welcoming and hospitable manner so that the church mission is not compromised and even enhanced will be discussed and demonstrated as well.

Additionally this course provides strategies to DE-escalating conflict from a verbal point of view and covers what phrases and language to avoid to prevent conflict in a verbal nature from escalating. Included with this course is an overview of lockdown procedures for both “THREAT INSIDE” and “THREAT OUTSIDE” lockdown of a church facility as well as protocols for response for what to do when “lockdown fails”. Practical exercises of all of the above can be included and customized based on timeline availability as well.

Topics Covered:

  • History & demographics of church violence & church shootings
  • Importance of “Awareness” in relation to prevention & mitigation
  • Biblical authority for church safety & security
  • Church lockdown protocols & principles
  • Lockdown failure response protocols
  • Awareness Priority Matrix for the Campus & the Sanctuary
  • Educating ushers, greeters & other first line reception personnel
  • Recognizing traits of suspicious behavior
  • Recognizing traits of armed individuals
  • Approaching suspicious or armed individuals
  • Verbal conflict management & de-escalation

Who should attend?

  • Church Ushers
  • Church Greeters
  • Church Leadership
  • Security/Safety personnel
  • Parking Control personnel
  • Deacons/Elders
  • Volunteers
  • First Line Reception Personnel
  • Other staff in frequent contact with congregation and visitors