Hope is not a Strategy

Relying solely on hope as a strategy for ensuring the safety and security of congregants is not only inadequate but also irresponsible. In today's world, where threats to safety can arise unexpectedly, church leaders have a moral obligation to take proactive measures to protect those who attend services or participate in ministry events. This means actively prioritizing the implementation of robust safety and security protocols. Members and guests of a church community should not only be safe but also feel safe. They should have the assurance that their well-being is being actively safeguarded, just as it would be in other public spaces like schools, malls, or entertainment venues. However, there's a tendency for individuals to perceive churches as inherently safe environments, possibly leading them to let their guard down. This misconception heightens the importance of churches and ministries ensuring they have the necessary measures in place to address potential threats.

This is where the appointment of qualified individuals to oversee safety and security becomes crucial. These individuals should possess the expertise and training to assess risks, develop comprehensive security plans, and implement appropriate measures to mitigate potential dangers. They should also be equipped to train staff and volunteers in emergency response protocols and ensure ongoing preparedness through regular drills and evaluations.

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Detailed Training Options

Classroom Training and Discussion:

In this interactive session lasting 60-90 minutes, participants will delve into a comprehensive exploration of Ethical & Moral Responsibilities, Mature Judgment, Awareness, Mindset, and If You Must Shoot. Through engaging discussions, attendees will gain valuable insights and tools to navigate complex situations with integrity, maturity, and a heightened awareness of ethical considerations. This session aims to equip participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to make informed decisions and uphold ethical standards in challenging circumstances.

Classroom Training and Discussion:

Engage in a 60-90 minute session focusing on Mitigation, Pastoral Protection, Stage Management, Staff Involvement, and Guest Speaker(s). Through interactive discussions and insights, explore strategies for effective mitigation, safeguarding pastoral areas, coordinating stage activities, involving staff, and benefiting from guest speaker contributions.

Classroom Training and Discussion:

Join us for a 60-90 minute session exploring Carry Requirements, Concealed Carry Devices, Ammunition, Firearm Selection Recommendations, and Shooting Fundamentals. Delve into essential topics, gain insights, and discuss best practices to ensure proficiency and safety in firearm handling in case of a Dynamic Critical Incident on your church campus.

Classroom Training and Discussion:

In this 60-90 minute session, we'll cover essential topics including Defense of Self, Defense of Others, Defense of Property, and Use of Force. Engage in interactive discussions, scenario analysis, and legal considerations to enhance your understanding and preparedness in critical situations.

Classroom Training and Discussion:

Join us for a 60-90 minute session covering Team Organization, Posts and Placement, Individual Responsibilities, Communications, and Continued Training. Explore effective strategies for team coordination, optimal post assignments, individual roles and duties, communication protocols, and the importance of ongoing training to maintain readiness and effectiveness. Engage in interactive discussions to deepen understanding and foster teamwork.

Classroom Training and Discussion:

Join us for a 60-90 minute session focusing on Natural and Man-Made Disasters, Community Assistance, and Action Planning. Explore strategies for preparedness and response to various emergencies, including natural disasters and human-made incidents. Discuss the importance of community collaboration and develop action plans to enhance resilience and mitigate the impact of disasters. Engage in interactive discussions to exchange ideas and foster preparedness within the group.

Classroom Training and Discussion:

Dive into a 1-3 hour session exploring Understanding the Event, Identifying Good and Bad Points, Effective Planning, and the Importance of Training. Engage in interactive discussions to analyze past events, extract valuable lessons, and develop strategies for improvement. Explore best practices, identify areas for enhancement, and foster a culture of continuous learning and preparedness within your organization.

Classroom Training and Discussion:

Participate in a 1-2 hour session covering Target Assessment, Threat Assessment, Vulnerability Assessment, Risk Assessment, and Mitigation Planning. Delve into the systematic evaluation of targets, threats, vulnerabilities, and associated risks. Engage in discussions to develop effective mitigation plans, enhancing your organization's overall security posture. Gain valuable insights and strategies to create a comprehensive risk management approach.

Classroom Discussion or Reality Based Options (2-8 hours):

Explore ALICE Training, a versatile solution applicable to any industry and organization size. ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) instructor-led classes empower individuals and organizations to proactively handle the threat of an aggressive intruder or active shooter event. The training goes beyond traditional lockdown approaches, offering option-based tactics tailored to various circumstances.

ALICE Training prioritizes protection and safety in the face of an active shooter or terrorist attack, recognizing the unique challenges across different settings. Tailored classes address specific concerns for K-12 Schools, Healthcare Facilities, Higher Education, Businesses, Government, and Houses of Worship.

ALERRT (Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training), affiliated with Texas State University, sets the national standard in active shooter response training, endorsed by the FBI. ALERRT and ALICE can be seamlessly integrated with mass casualty and triage scenarios, as well as law enforcement training scenarios.

Consider our armed response reality-based training as an additional option to enhance your team's preparedness and response capabilities.

Classroom Training and Discussion Option:

Embark on a comprehensive 3-6 hour Hands On Workshop covering Introduction to Medical Emergencies, Traumatic Emergencies, Triage, and optional components such as Building the optional Individual First Aid Kit (IFAK), CPR Certification, and hands-on training.

Gain essential knowledge and skills to respond effectively to medical emergencies, including traumatic incidents and triage procedures. Delve into the fundamentals of providing initial medical care and learn how to prioritize treatment based on the severity of injuries.

Optional components offer opportunities to enhance preparedness further. Build your Individual First Aid Kit (IFAK) to ensure you have essential supplies for emergency situations. Obtain CPR certification to become proficient in life-saving techniques. Engage in scenario-based training to apply your newfound knowledge in realistic situations, reinforcing your ability to respond confidently and effectively in emergencies.

Classroom Training and Discussion Option:

Invite us in for a 1-4 hour session on De-Escalation. Participants will learn effective techniques to defuse tense situations and mitigate conflicts. Delve into strategies for communication, conflict resolution, and understanding escalation triggers. Gain hands-on experience through optional interactive simulations as part of Reality-Based Training, allowing for real-time application and skill development in de-escalation scenarios.

Range Training (One day or multi-day pistol and carbine options):

Immerse yourself in Intuitive Defensive Shooting along with Fundaments of Defensive Shooting, Red Dot Essentials, Defensive Accuracy, and Defensive Efficiency. Through techniques like Lateral Movement, Multiple Shot Strings of Fire, and Presentation from Concealment, enhance your abilities as an initial responder. Explore strategic use of Cover & Concealment and engage in scenarios simulating a 360 Degree Threat Environment. Elevate your skills with engagement from unorthodox positions, including scenarios in and around vehicles. Opt for Range Qualification if desired and take your proficiency to the next level.

HERE to see what you would need to bring to a Get Trained Be Ready Armed Response range event.

If the options we've presented don't quite meet your needs, don't worry. We're more than happy to work with you to create a customized training event tailored to your specific objectives. Whether you're seeking Scenario Training to simulate real-world situations, Force on Force exercises for hands-on experience, or prefer training sessions conducted at your location for added convenience, we're here to accommodate your requirements.

Our team is dedicated to ensuring that your training experience aligns perfectly with the goals and challenges of your church community. By filling out our training questionnaire, you provide valuable insights that enable us to design a program that addresses your unique concerns and objectives effectively.

HERE to access the questionnaire and take the first step towards creating a training event that meets the distinct needs of your church community. We look forward to working with you to deliver a tailored and impactful training experience.

  • Church Security FAQs
    • Do we really need Church Safety and Security Team training?
      This is a legitimate question. We answer it like this. As a house of worship and a body of believers, a church provides spiritual comfort and guidance, as well as moral support but there is also a focus on meeting the physical needs of its members and guests. Part of those physical needs are the need to be able to come to a safe place. A sanctuary. A sanctuary is defined as "a place of refuge or safety". If your church is planning on meeting the needs of members and guests, physical safety is of paramount importance.

      Nehemiah 4:9 talks about the importance of physical safety "And we prayed to our God and set a guard as a protection against them day and night.".
    • Do you offer Church Safety and Security Team training?
      Yes, we offer some very diverse options for Church Safety and Church Security training to address a variety of security concerns. We have more training options than any other company of our kind. See our Church Security page for more information. You can also fill out this form and let us know what kind of training you are interested in.
    • Is your Church Safety and Security Team training for ushers, greeters, and others?
      Absolutely. There is a big part to play for ushers and greeters and others who are on the front lines. These are the people who get the first look at everyone coming into the buildings on your campus. Training them and integrating them into your overall church security plan is very important.
    • Is your Church Safety and Security Team training for armed and unarmed security teams?
      Yes. We train both armed teams and unarmed teams. Most security teams we train are composed of both.
    • Do you do Church Safety and Security Team training scenarios?
      We provide scenario training for church safety and security teams. Depending on what your training goals are, we can do simulations and scenarios. This generally involves role players and your team members. Generally, we need to have some time training your team to a minimum level of proficiency before you jump into scenario based training. It is best described as a crawl, walk, run, run faster type of methodology.
    • Do you do Active Shooter training for churches?
      We provide active shooter, active killer, mass casualty training to churches and other organizations. We believe early detection and defense in depth are important segments of training. A church needs more than just offense. A complete picture includes education of team members, congregants, and staff; honest evaluation of facilities and team members' abilities, and realistic goals that include more than minimum standards and checking boxes.

      We provide informational seminars as well as hands on training to enable your church to be better equipped to deal with a man made or natural disaster. See more Active Shooter information here.
    • Can you come to my location for Church Safety and Security Team training?
      We have training teams that mobilize and can come to you for whatever kind of training you require to meet your goals. Depending on the type of training, we might need you to provide facilities and perhaps some passive role players. Check our Hosting Page for more information.
    • Are you doing Church Safety and Security Team training near me?
      We do training events all over Arkansas and surrounding states. Some of our events are private and not open to non-team members of those organizations. As teams get better trained, it's not unusual for us to build training to suit their skill level. We provide a lot of onsite training that is specific to the facilities or campuses that a team expects to operate in.

      We do have some open to the public events for for to attend. Keep an eye on our training calendar for those events and there is always the opportunity for you to Host us for a training event with other local churches in your area.
    • How much does Church Safety and Security Team training cost?
      Church Security training isn't cheap, but it may be less expensive than you think. There are a lot of variables involved. Pricing is directly correlated to what training you need, how many instructors we need to provide to achieve your goals, if ranges or facilities have to be rented, or special equipment must be provided.

      We need to know more about your goals. Please fill out our Training Questionnaire to enable us to better understand your needs.
    • Can you help our church with security procedures?
      We can give you an honest evaluation of where you need to start, what you need to do next, and how best to create a sustainable training methodology to meet the needs of your campus as well as protect your volunteers, members, and guests.
    • Do you have Church Safety and Security Team training courses?
      We don't have "courses" for church security, but we do provide training opportunities in the form of modules and custom built training applications. What we find is most church security teams are operating with a limited budget and need to be realistic with their training goals. Everyone and every organization has a limited amount of resources whether it be time to train, fiscal resources to fund training, facilities to train at or in, etc.

      What we see that works best is to set up a 1-2 day event and decide what are the most important things we can do first, or next. We can help you with those decisions based on where your team is based on previous (if any) training.
    • Can you recommend Church Safety and Security Team training equipment?
      We can certainly recommend equipment whether it's medical equipment, radios, firearms, video, facility security, and more. We will recommend equipment that we know works well and in certain applications, we can recommend places to get it or installers who can install it.

      We can also recommend how to train with your equipment in order to maximize the benefits of it. If you haven't trained realistically, then you really don't know that it works.
    • Can you help us develop a Church Safety and Security Team training plan with Standard Operating procedures?
      We can help you with several aspects of creating Standard Operating Procedures that would be beneficial to your campus, facility, staff, and membership.
    • Can you help train our Church Safety and Security Team for medical emergencies?
      Medical emergencies are the primary issues a church has to deal with. From simple incidents like fainting to critical incidents like stroke or heart attack, we can help train you to use the tools at your disposal to effect the best outcome possible. See more information on medical training here.
    • Can you train large and small church security teams?
      We can train all sizes of church security teams. We see many times that smaller churches reach out in the community to other smaller churches and do a combined Hosting event. Sometimes the smaller church will send its team member to a location where are offering an open to the public event. On occasion smaller churches see the benefit of a private training event that is focused on their facility with only their team members.
    • Will an insurance company indemnify our Church Safety Team?
      We have seen a lot of churches use Brotherhood Mutual as an insurance company to indemnify their team.