Emergency At Your Church…

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Slip and fall on our sidewalk?

Gotcha covered – just allow me to fill out this official church accident report.

Gunman on campus, emptying 2000 rounds of ammunition at our people? Ummmm………

In the wake of the horrendous church campus shootings last year, more and more churches are talking about church security. And this discussion just happens to fall under my responsibility….thanks God.

The options are few, the consequences significant.

Armed guards as greeters? No. What message does that send?

“Drastic measures would take us out of ministry to people” said Youth With A Mission Director Peter Warren, where four people were killed at their training center in December when a gunman opened fire.

But those who choose to worship at our churches have a reasonable expectation to be safe, don’t they?

After studying a few church strategies, the model that we are considering is a Security Ministry, similar to what New Life in Colorado and Northland in Orlando are using. It’s a ministry made up of carefully screened members who have a military or law enforcement background. I believe that anytime you can use your own people, the buy-in is greater.

Liability? Sure…with a plan and without. But doing nothing is a sin.

As we sit down to discuss our framework, we must:

* Have a security plan – how do we mobilize in the face of an emergency?

* Make use of our members gifts – who are our members that have the proper background?

* Work with local police – our on campus police officers must be connected to our Security Team.

Can we ever be completely safe? No. But we can be as prepared as possible for that day.

Lord, help us….

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4 responses to this post.

  1. Interesting the timing of your post. Our little church just hired a police officer to be present – complete with police cruiser visible in the parking lot. What kind of message do you think that sends? I’m curious to know how your readers think. I’m all for “safety first”, of course, and some on our team even view it as a positive: “Think how safe they feel knowing a police officer is on duty.” I’m not 100% convinced.

    Thoughts anyone?

    peace,
    e

  2. Interesting the timing of your post. Our little church just hired a police officer to be present – complete with police cruiser visible in the parking lot. What kind of message do you think that sends? I’m curious to know how your readers think. I’m all for “safety first”, of course, and some on our team even view it as a positive: “Think how safe they feel knowing a police officer is on duty.” I’m not 100% convinced.

    Thoughts anyone?

    peace,
    e

  3. it is sad to think that we are not safe even in church..but in reality, we aren’t! What needs to be done is up to the church members and their leader..but, something needs to be done about security …the smaller churches are the ones that won’t be prepared. The question that comes to my mind is..Are we safe anywhere these days?..just look at what has been happening in malls and restaurants..places you would never think would be life-threatening!

  4. I have 2 polar opposite thoughts that I’m not even sure which side I land on. One, sounds reasonable in this day in age to go through with a plan like this, especially the size of Grace and the recognition it constantly is getting in the community. I can see the plausibility of it. On the other hand, what are we doing? To our regular attenders we are making them feel warm and fuzzy in side but to the new guy, I’m not sure. As a church it’s our job to reach people and honestly I’m not sure if that would be a hinderance or a help. I don’t envy you Roy.

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