Weekend Firm Foundation Weekend Church Security Consult
Matthew 10:16 “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 Firm Foundation Weekend Consulting Package is intended for churches that are either starting a church security ministry or wish to formalize and professionalize their existing program. It combines personal consultation, goal setting, observation, training and reporting to provide you a solid foundation for creating a healthy security ministry.<./p>
Friday: Meeting & Assessment (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: Training (8:00am – 3:30pm)
Intruder Awareness and Response for Church Personnel Course – Strategos provides up to 100 workbooks upon request. This course is the single most significant step your ministry can take to increase awareness and capability in responding to security and safety related events. We have strategically designed this training to educate:
- Ushers and Greeters
- Deacons and Elders
- And all other staff/volunteers
The course educates them on the importance of awareness and response in the form of engaging lecture and practical exercises on topics including:
- Statistics on church violence
- The biblical and ethical justification forchurch security
- History of violence at churches
- Approaching armed individuals
- Verbally de-escalating conflict
- Lockdown procedures for threats inside andoutside the building
- Lockdown Contingencies
- Training your team
Sunday: Observe Worship Service
We will observe your morning service and make recommendations
Our review will include:
- 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: (7-14 business days afterward)
We compile our information 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 that best fits the culture of your church.
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. Isaiah 28:16 “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.”