Firm Foundation Consultation
“The true first responders are the ones already on the scene.”
Church Security Firm Foundation Consultation
“So this is what the Sovereign LORD says: See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation; the one who relies on it will never be stricken with panic.”
“Behold I send you out as sheep amongst wolves, therefore be as wise as serpents and harmless as doves.”
Being “wise as serpents” instructs us to prepare. Being “harmless as doves” exhorts us to prepare in a way that maintains our integrity and commitment to our mission.
The weekend Church Security Consulting Package is intended for churches that are either starting a church security ministry or wish to formalize and professionalize an existing program. It combines personal consultation, goal setting, observation, training and reporting to give you a solid foundation for creating a healthy security ministry.
Churches provide an atmosphere of comfort, refuge, worship and learning. Church security must be developed without compromising a church’s core mission. In fact, if implemented wisely, church security will complement and amplify the mission of the congregation by increasing awareness, preparedness and capabilities to respond quickly and effectively to an emergency.
An important part of our service is serving as a liaison to your insurer. There is no purpose in making recommendations to your church related to safety and security if your church insurance company will not support them. We consult directly with your insurance company and underwriters if necessary to make sure they will support the recommendations. Additionally, we provide them with the supporting liability and risk management documentation they need related to training we may provide.
We begin our consultation on a Friday afternoon and complete the initial stage on Sunday afternoon. Here is a breakdown of the program.
Friday Afternoon (3-4 hours on site)
Goals & Objectives Questionnaire and Interview With Church Leadership Personnel
This will allow your team to determine goals and objectives for your security ministry. Outlining the goals in advance gives you guiding principles and allows you to determine the financial, personnel and volunteer resources that will be needed.
Risk Assessment With Leadership Personnel
Your ministry cannot manage risk without accepting that all ministries have some level of risk. This onsite risk assessment allows the church to prioritize the most critical areas of risk and address them accordingly
Physical Security Site Survey
An onsite physical security site survey will be conducted of your facilities. Our findings and recommendations will be included in a written and visual report.
Saturday (8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.)
Intruder Awareness and Response Course for Church Personnel for up to 50 Attendees
This course is the single most significant step your ministry can take to increase awareness and capability in responding to security- and safetyrelated events. It’s designed to educate:
• Pastors and staff
• Business administrators
• Ushers and greeters
• Deacons and elders
• Parking personnel
The course educates them on the importance of awareness and response. We include up to seven hours of training in the form of lecture and practical exercises on topics including:
• Intruder-related violence
• Lockdown failure protocol
• Recognizing suspicious activity
• Approaching suspicious individuals
• Pastoral and platform protection overview
• Access control during the week for church staff and guests
Sunday: Review and Observe Worship Services
We’ll observe morning services and make recommendations. The review will include the following:
• Offering collection, protection and transport
• Nursery check-in/check-out protocols
• Pastoral/platform protection protocols
• General vehicle and foot traffic flow, access and management
• Access control strategies and hardware
Follow-Up Activity After the Site Visit (7-10 days afterward)
We will contact your church insurance company to ensure that the findings and recommendations will be supported or if they need to be adjusted. We will also compile and complete a final written report (approximately 50-70 pages in length) of findings and recommendations.
We will provide the following documents in electronic form for your use in creating a written plan.
• Security mission and vision template
• Goals and objectives template
• Code of conduct policy template
• Security/safety personnel selection policy template