The 4 Steps to Creating a Security Ministry
Since the early days of scripture we have been tasked with protecting our Church from anyone that intends on harming the followers of God.
28 Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood.
As much as we would like to think that our Churches are safe the reality is the opposite. Churches are considered a “soft target”. A soft target is a target with little to no security measures in place. I know that most of you are thinking to yourself, “We do not need security at our church. Our doors are open to all that want to attend.” I agree with you. Churches are meant to be a place for the lost. This doesn’t mean we abandon the words of scripture and leave the flock vulnerable to outside threats.
Black Ops Tactical Consulting has listed four steps to creating your Churches Security Ministry.
1. Assess – The first task is to conduct a Risk Assessment. This is a detailed audit typically conducted by a third party security consultant. A report with recommendations of next steps will be given to you once the audit is concluded and its findings are recorded.
2. Develop – Now that you have recommendations from your audit it is time to develop a plan. You will want to write a safety and security manual as part of your development plan. Speak with your insurance company as well as your attorney during this process. Make sure you are adhering to all federal, state and local laws. Be sure to get buy in from the Church leadership. Everyone must be on the same page.
3. Train – By this point you have an approved security manual as well as SOP’s (standard operating procedures) in place. Your team of volunteers should be selected and now it’s time to train them on the approved processes. I cannot emphasis this point enough, there is never too much training. Set up a training schedule as part of your protocol. Be sure to have your team sign off when they complete each training session. Keep all training documents on file.
4. Execute – Lastly, it is time to execute the plan. Be diligent that no one deviates from the process. Share your security procedures with the local police department. Give them a copy of the security manual for review.
Creating a security program is going to take time and resources. The DHS has several publications in reference to houses of worship and security protocol. Grants are available to help offset the costs of updating your security programs.
Black Ops Tactical Consulting is committed to helping Churches build security programs that work. For more information visit us at www.blackopstacticaconsulting.com.