18 Jan Improve safety at your church with a church safety team.
Improve safety at your church with a church safety team.
Threats to churches are increasing. Many Christian leaders are now considering using a church safety team to help keep their church safe. It’s important to put church safety and security at the forefront and make sure that we are making our houses of worship safe for all. More than 1,500 deadly force incidents have taken place at houses of worship across the US since 1999 and the time of this writing. Nearly 800 people died during these incidents with many others wounded. Christian leaders can and should take steps to safeguard their flock. Matthew 10:16 tells us “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.”
How important is a Church Safety Team?
Carl Chin, a security consultant and Christian, has tracked church-related violence across the US in great detail. His work is more comprehensive than the oft-cited National Church Shooting Database, which only contains information from 1980-2005. Chinn has found: From 2000-2017 there were more than 1500 “deadly force incidents” within churches across the US.
A Church Safety Team is a group of church members called to minister to the flock. They are a vital asset. Qualities to look for are:
- Look for members and regular attendees of the church
- Able to perform the functions of the team without physical limitation
- People of good character, honesty and integrity.
- They improve the church daily by streamlining processes, improving visitor experiences and increasing overall safety for everyone on the property.
The name Church Safety Team is two teams under one umbrella: a safety team and a medical team. Skills and experience to seek out are:
- Look for congregants with backgrounds in law enforcement, armed forces experience or professional security.
- Their training and experience in access control, patrol techniques, emergency response and perimeter control is invaluable.
- The medical team, on the other hand, is best served by those with medical, first aid and similar training.
- Team members will be trained in CPR, use of automated external defibrillators and basic first aid.
- Volunteers are not required to have these professional backgrounds but those with it are often given preference when seating the team.
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